Algeria Pushes For Late-2017 Gas Start-Ups

Cash-strapped Algeria is hoping to start up key gas projects, and boost revenue, before the end of 2017 with over 10bcm/year set to be added by mid-2018.

Algiers has announced a new timetable for the long delayed South West Gas Project (SWGP), a series of field developments on which the country is relying to keep pace with export commitments and rapidly rising domestic demand (see p4). The three SWGP Phase-1 projects are slated to add 10.7bcm/year to Algeria’s gas output.

Reggane North is now expected to begin production in November; the Touat development is due onstream in December; and the Timimoun project is expected in February 2018, a spokesman for Algeria’s national gas distribution agency this week told state news agency APS. Though all these projects are extremely delayed (MEES, 14 July) at least these latest official estimates are roughly in line with the most recent projections from of the companies involved.


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