Gaz de France and state-owned Sonatrach on 7 August awarded the main construction contract for the 4.5bn cu m/yr Touat gas project to Spanish engineering firm Tecnicas Reunidas, which fought off competition from three other firms to win the $1bn project.

Touat, due onstream at end-2016, will be first tranche of a planned 9bn cu m/yr phase 1 of Algeria’s flagship South West Gas Project (SWGP) initiative. (CONTINUED - 330 WORDS)