Tunisia has an important place in the history of OMV, as it is the country where one of Austria’s largest listed industrial companies launched its very first international exploration and production project back in 1971. Since then, Tunisia has become an important part of the company’s Middle East & Africa core region with the acquisition of Preussag’s international business in 2003, further strengthened by the Pioneer and Medco acquisitions in 2011.
Currently OMV’s activities are focused on exploration, production and infrastructure development in South Tunisia.
In 2003, OMV acquired the international assets of Preussag Energie in Tunisia which comprised of 50% stake in Thyna Petroleum Services S.A. operating company (TPS) and 49% stake in the Cercina/Cercina Sud, El Ain/Gremda, El Hajeb/Guebiba and Rhemoura concessions, and SEREPT, operating the Ashtart concession on behalf of its co-holders ETAP and OMV. In the same year, OMV was awarded the Jenein Sud exploration permit. In 2005 the Warda-1 well exploration was successfully drilled and tested, resulting in the first of a series of gas-condensate discoveries in the licensed region.
In August 2017, OMV divested its 50% stake in the Ashtart oil field, an offshore field in the Gulf of Gabès as well as OMV’s 50% stake in the operating company SEREPT.
In December 2018,OMV divested its 50% stake in TPS together with its 49% stake in the concessions, through the sale of its 100% owned subsidiary named ‘’OMV Tunisia Upstream GmbH’’.
These divestments fit with OMV’s global strategy to optimize its portfolio.
In 2018, OMV’s equity production in Tunisia was 5 kboe/d.
Health & Safety
OMV applies its Group wide standards and best-practice principles in health, safety, security and environment on a continuous basis for all activities in Tunisia. We strive to engage with all our stakeholders; to minimize the impact on the environment and to enable sustainability in our operations.