Algeria’s gas-based fertilizers output is beginning a long-anticipated expansion now that state firm Sonatrach has renegotiated gas supply deals.

Algeria’s total fertilizers production capacity has risen to 3.84mn tons/year, following the start-up of Egyptian firm Orascom’s 2mn t/y Sorfert plant at Arzew. The expansion means that running Algeria’s fertilizer plants at full capacity would require over 350mn cfd (3.6 bcm/year) of gas feedstock, compared with some 150mn cfd for the two previously existing plants. (CONTINUED - 473 WORDS)