Despite last month’s start-up of Total-operated Timimoun, the second of three components in Algeria’s much-delayed 9bcm/y Southwest Gas Project (SWGP), decline elsewhere means Algeria has struggled to maintain its overall gas output.

Sales gas output hit 94.5bcm for 2017, only just behind 2016’s record 94.8bcm (MEES, 2 March). But gross wellhead output has actually been in decline since the start of the decade: falling from 146bcm (of which 42% reinjected) in 2010 to 128.5bcm (of which 26% reinjected) in 2016 (see chart). (CONTINUED - 1814 WORDS)