In a short webinar alternative to the Covid-cancelled Tunisia Oil & Gas Summit on 16 December, the head of hydrocarbons at the energy ministry, Rachid Ben Daly, said “we want to reach 60,000 b/d with our current discoveries.”

Tunisia last saw 60,000 b/d of crude production in August 2013 but natural decline, a lack of investment and political instability saw this level drop to an all-time low of 23,000 b/d by September, before edging up by 2,000 b/d in October. A restart of oil output from the south last month (MEES, 13 November), following a near four-month protest-led shutdown, should see this level rise to above 30,000 b/d once again. (CONTINUED - 167 WORDS)