As of April 30, 2015, the total number of valid oil permits is 37 including 35 exploration permits and two prospecting permits covering a total area of 110,429 km2 and 53 operating concessions 38 concessions production.
In these concessions in production, ETAP participates in 27 and the state directly in 2, according to the latest report of the National Observatory of Energy under the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining.
The same source added that all securities are held by 56 national and international companies.
It should be stressed in this regard that the abandonment of the exploration permit “Sidi Mansour” at end due in January 2015 took placed following the impossibility of continuing the activity because of citizens’ claims.
Regarding new developments, one well was drilled during this period. It is the “CAT-1” well on the permit “Zaafrana” located in the region of “Fawar” and held by ETAP (50%), Dutch company Mazarine (45%) and private Tunisian company Medex Petroleum Limited (MEDEX (5%).
Production tests revealed a flow rate of 4,300 bbl / d and 395,000 m3 / day of natural gas.