We have shares in nine mining licences, governed by concession contracts, and an exploration permit, Borj El Khadra. Work is concentrated in the desert areas of the country's south, and in the Mediterranean offshore of Hammamet. Production of hydrocarbons in the country is mainly at the offshore blocks Maamoura and Baraka (for both of which we are an operator with 49%), the onshore blocks Adam (25%), Oued Zar (50%), Djebel Grouz (50%), MLD (50%) and El Borma (50%), and the exploration permit Borj El Khadra (50%). Development mostly comprised work on our producing concessions, to combat a natural decline in production.
Our work in Tunisia
We have been in the country since 1961, delivering our first load of Tunisian crude oil to Genoa in 1966. Today our work is in the E&P, G&P and R&M and Chemicals sectors.
Exploration & Production
Annual oil and condensate production
Annual gas production
Gas and safety
Between 1977 and 1983, in the Gas & Power sector, we carried out one of our most challenging projects to date, the Trans-Mediterranean Pipeline, a gas pipeline 740 km long from Algeria to the Strait of Sicily, crossing Tunisia on the way, where onshore it is managed by Trans Tunisian Pipeline Company (TTPC). The trans-Tunisian gas pipeline, made up of two lines 48 inches wide and about 370 km, with two compression stations, has a transport capacity of about 34 billion m3 a year. In July 2019 we signed a new agreement for transporting natural gas from Algeria through Tunisia, and we are committed to doing so for the next 10 years through TTPC.
In 2018 we did our first experiments in the country on applying the methods from our specialist Safety Competence Centre, which helps supervise and coordinated contract work at our industrial sites in Italy and abroad.
Bitumen, lubricants and vegetable growing
We are in the Tunisian market for bitumen and lubricants. Since 1998 we have had a 34% share in Bitumed, a company that imports and markets bitumen. In Tunisia we supply lubricants through a 30-year partnership with the state company Société Nationale de Distribution des Pétroles (SNDP). We have also launched, in semi-desert areas not currently cultivated, a pilot project of experimenting with new sustainable growing of vegetables, for use as feedstock for bio-refining and producing biofuel.
We create energy
In Tunisia we are building two photovoltaic plants with 5 and 10 MW, which as of late 2019 will let us reduce emissions of more than 266,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Energy in Adam
In December 2019 we opened our photovoltaic plant in Adam, in the governorate of Tataouine. The energy produced will be used directly at the industrial site, thus reducing gas consumption and preventing more than 6,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere every year.Discover Adam
Tataouine photovoltaic project
In May 2019 work began on the a building site for a photovoltaic plant in the town of Tataouine. The plant, which will be equipped with a solar tracking system to optimise the energy produced, will transmit over 20 GWh of electricity per year into the national grid, resulting in a combined savings of around 260,000 tonnes of CO2 over the course of its anticipated 25-year lifespan.Discover Tataouine
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