Tunisia’s largest oil producer Eni has been unable to sell its assets in the country some 18-months after the government confirmed it was looking to exit. But that’s not for want of trying. Several firms had shown interest and a deal had appeared close, but MEES learns that government inaction has torpedoed a sale which had been close to a signature.

The would-be buyer is unclear but firms such as France’s Perenco, Norway’s Petronor and UK-listed Nigeria-focused Savannah Energy had shown interest in the assets which are mainly concentrated in the country’s deep south, alongside some small offshore production in the Gulf of Hammamet. (CONTINUED - 966 WORDS)