Algeria Gas: Alrar Boost

Algeria’s gas and condensate output got a boost from the 2 July start-up of a gas separation and booster compression plant at the Alrar wet gas field on the Libyan border (an extension of Libya’s Wafa field – MEES, 6 July ).

The plant has enabled an immediate hike in output from 565mn cfd to 872mn cfd, according to UK oil engineering firm Petrofac, which along with Italy’s Bonatti undertook the $550mn EPC contract.

An additional aim is extending the life of the field which started up in 1987. Gas pressure had fallen to 15 bar last year; the new compression facilities raise it to 75 bar. The gas collection network for Alrar’s 39 wells will now be able to operate at full capacity, Sonatrach says. Work began in 2012. (CONTINUED - 176 WORDS)