BRITISH GAS STEPS UP TUNISIAN SEARCH

British Gas plc's BG Tunisia Inc. is expanding its exploration campaign in Tunisia, where it has acquired more acreage and tested two oil strikes. BG increased its acreage in Tunisia to almost 13,000 sq km with acquisition of the 5,992 sq km Roumedia block, the largest single permit in the country. The tract lies immediately north of the company's Amilcar and West Kerkennah permits. BG's 1 North Kerkennah wildcat flowed at a rate of 1,100 b/d of oil with no water through a 1/2 in.

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