Thyna Petroleum Services published photos illustrating what it claimed was the cause of an oil spill on Monday, March 14,which saw oil wash up on the shores of the island of Kerkennah on beaches from Sidi Fraj to Sersina. According to Thyna Petroleum Services the spill was not caused by a leak in an underground pipe relaying oil to the mainland but was instead caused by the failure of a one centimeter pipe on the above water portion of one of its offshore wells. The leak was originally reported to have originated in underwater pipes belonging to the Thyna Petroleum Services (TPS) according to Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP). However, Thyna Petroleum Services has now said the leak was due to the failure of a one centimeter control tube on a drilling platform.
Africa Manager published photographs provided by Thyna Petroleum Services which the company provided to explain its in its preliminary findings. According to news website AfricanManager Thyna Petroleum Services' management has indicated that TPS detected a leak in wellhead of the "Cercina 7" drilling platform (7 km from the coast) on Sunday, March 13, 2016. AfricanManager published photographs it said had been provided by Thyna Petroleum Services indicating its findings. The Ministry of Industry and Energy commissioned ETAP to prepare a report on the causes and impact of the spill.
TPS is listed as a joint company of the Tunisian National Oil Company (ETAP-Entreprise Tunisienne d’Activités Pétrolières) on ETAP’s website.
The Minister of the Environment Nejib Derouiche travelled to the area, and asked the Governor of Sfax to call an emergency meeting of the regional environmental commission to organize a response to the leak. The Prosecutor of the First Tribunal of Sfax was informed of the incident in order to begin an investigation into the causes and any liability for the incident.