Tunisia: 'Southern Gas' Project Decided Since March 5, 2014

Tunis — The "Southern Gas" project was decided on March 5, 2014, under proposal of the Minister of Industry, Energy and Mines, the Prime Ministry said on Friday.

"This project, which involves the installation of two natural gas units, one in Tataouine and the other in Gabes, will surely help boost development in the two regions," the Prime Ministry said in a statement.

This clarification is provided as inhabitants of Tataouine are observing a general strike in protest against what they call "policy of marginalisation of the region and lack of foundations of development."

They called to set up the "Southern Gas" project fully in their region, find urgent solutions to unemployed people, recruit youth in oil companies and restructure the agricultural sector.

The "Southern Gas" project provides for the installation of a pipeline in Kamour to the city of Tataouine, the creation of a natural gas production unit with a capacity of 600 m3 and the creation of a gas bottling unit in Tataouine, which will provide more direct jobs. "The prime minister gave clear instructions to the local governor to accelerate the studies of some projects that will be shortly operational in the sectors of agriculture, industry, tourism and vocational training," the Prime Ministry recalled in its statement.

It should be noted that the main gas pipeline in the "Southern Gas" project starts from "Nawara" field in Tataouine to the city of Gabes where another pipeline will be installed in the locality of Kamour (40 km from Remada) to the city of Tataouine.

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