Algeria Eyes 1Q15 Fertilizer Plant Start Up Amid Chronic Gas Shortage

A joint venture of Oman’s Suhail Bahwan and Algerian state oil firm Sonatrach is looking to start up a long-delayed fertilizers plant in the port city of Arzew, also site of a key refinery and LNG liquefaction plant.

Said Taibi, the joint venture’s assistant director general says “we expect to launch production at the complex and achieve commercialization during the first quarter of next year.”

The plant was almost completed in readiness for scheduled start-up in 2012, when work was halted because of a lack of gas feedstock.

Algeria is suffering a chronic gas shortage, with export commitments, petchems expansion, new gas-fired power plant and an expansion of the country’s domestic gas grid running up against stagnant production.


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