Though the firm has exploration plans at Timissit, Statoil’s two key ongoing Algerian projects are both 9bcm/year capacity gas-focused joint ventures grouping the Norwegian state firm with BP and Sonatrach.

At In Salah in the country’s deep southwest is planning to start production this month at the Southern Fields project, the second development phase at the In Salah dry gas site in the southern Sahara. In Salah dry gas operations is Statoil’s most significant in Algeria, together with the In Amenas gas plant located near the Libyan border – known for the attack by Islamist militants that killed 40 workers in January 2013. (CONTINUED - 489 WORDS)