TUNIS, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Libya’s prime minister said on Friday his country will help its neighbour Tunisia build an oil refinery at Tunisia’s Skhira oil terminal.
Libyan Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi discussed joint business projects when he had talks in the Tunisian capital with President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.
In footage broadcast on Tunisian state television, al-Mahmoudi said they had agreed that Libya would join the project to build a refinery at Skhira, a Mediterranean port about 350 km (220 miles) south-east of Tunis.
There were no details on what role Libya would play in the project, or on the size of its investment. Tunisia’s government announced plans to build a refinery at Skhira three years ago.
Tunisia has only one oil refinery, in the northern city of Bizerte, with capacity of 30,000 barrels per day (bpd). It has said it plans to build a second refinery with a capacity of 120,000 bpd.
Tunisia’s crude output, at about 95,000 bpd, is tiny compared to its OPEC member neighbours Libya and Algeria, but it is also on the transit route for Algerian energy exports towards world markets. (Reporting by Tarek Amara; Editing by David Gregorio)