If there was ever a time for Tunisia to revamp its oil industry, this is it. Multiple reports over the past few weeks suggest the big three operators Eni, Shell and OMV are all looking to sell their remaining upstream assets in Tunisia.

The potential exit of such heavyweights would represent a huge blow to an industry which last year marked the culmination of a decade of underinvestment, social unrest and political inaction (MEES, 19 February). Crude output crashed to another historic low of just 32,000 b/d, while a further significant drop in gas output was only just saved by the sluggish ramp-up of OMV’s 85mn cfd Nawara project. (CONTINUED - 1460 WORDS)