Agip (now Eni) discovered the Makhrouga, Laarich and Debech (MLD) fields in its Ghadames Basin Permis du Sud exploration licence between 1979 and 1980. Laarich and Debech are located 40 kilometres and 30 kilometres southeast of El Borma respectively. Makhrouga is located 95 kilometres east-northeast of El Borma.The MLD fields are operated by SODEPS, a Tunisian joint stock company comprised of Eni and ETAP. SODEPS brought the three fields onstream in 1983. Since the fields reached peak, little development work has been undertaken.