The Tunisian government has approved the Nawara development. OMV and ETAP are partners in the project which will deliver remote southern gas to the markets of the north via a 370 kilometre pipeline. OMV's Tunisian production will be maintained and exploration will be boosted in the south of the country. Domestic gas demand is rising and the country's major gas fields are in decline. The new pipeline and associated exploration are required to stop the gas deficit widening further.