OMV makes new gas discoveries in Tunisia


OMV has announced two new gas condensate discoveries in Tunisia, a result which it said bodes well for future exploration and production in the area.

The Khouloud-1 and Benefsej-1 wells, where the discoveries were made, are both based within the Nawara Production Concession in Southern Tunisia. With the two latest discoveries, OMV and its 50 per cent concession-partner, national Tunisian oil and gas company ETAP, have now made nine consecutive discoveries within the concession, OMV said.

The new wells have both been cased and suspended for future testing and production. “Good quality sandstone reservoirs are now proven across the entire Nawara concession and this is encouraging for undrilled features,” OMV said.

“Studies are under way with respect to a possible development of the discoveries and the transportation of the gas to the Tunisian market,” OMV said.

OMV has been active in Tunisia since the 1970s, and currently holds interests in two exploration and six production licenses in the North African country. Its production here came to about 7,000 boepd in 2009.

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