British energy firm Petrofac has resumed production at a gas plant in Tunisia after a stoppage that lasted several months, the company and a trade union said, according to Energy World.
As informed on News 24, Petrofac confirmed that work had resumed at the Chergui gas field concession on Kerkennah island in southeast Tunisia.
In September, Tunisia’s government said the firm was pulling out of the North African country because of a labor dispute that had paralyzed its operations since early 2016. Days later, the government said a deal had been worked out, but at the end of 2016 the company declared its “technical shutdown”, following further protests by demonstrators calling for permanent jobs.
Resumption of work is important for Tunisia, which has been battling high unemployment and has also been hit by a spate of jihadist attacks.
Petrofac has a 45% stake in the Chergui facility, with Tunisia’s national oil company holding the rest.