Exploration in the north African countries of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, and Tunisia during 1965 resulted in discovery of 17 new oil fields and 2 new gas fields. Total production for 1965 was 695,593,138 barrels, an increase of 23 percent over 1964. Libya's oil production increased from 865,400 barrels per day in 1964 to 1,218,600 in 1965. Algeria's production was at pipeline capacity. North African oil production increased eightfold in the past 5 years, and gas production reached a daily rate of 200 MMcf in 1965, largely as a result of marketing Algerian liquid gas distillate in Europe. Geophysical exploration decreased 17 percent, and surface geologic work decreased 33 percent from 1964.

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