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A major gas field in the south of Algeria operated by a joint venture of the UK’s BP, Norway’s Statoil and Algerian state energy company Sonatrach was hit by a rocket attack on 18 March, according to statements by the two European companies.
The target of the attack was the In Salah gas complex, one of the largest dry gas joint ventures in the country. The development, about 1,200 kilometres south of Algiers, has production capacity of about 9 bcm/year.
A statement by Statoil said that the In Salah plant in Krechba “was hit by explosive munitions fired from a distance,” at approximately 6am local time. The company has been in touch with its three employees at the site, all of whom were safe, it said. “Statoil is working on getting an overview of the situation, but has so far no information about anybody being injured during the attack,” said the statement. The joint venture base in the Algerian oil hub of Hassi Messaoud has mobilised an emergency response team, as has Statoil at its headquarters in the Norwegian town of Stavanger, it said. (CONTINUED - 779 WORDS)