Although French President Emmanuel Macron’s three-day visit to Algeria last month was chiefly aimed at resetting frosty bilateral relations and drawing its former colony closer to its orbit, the two sides also touched on energy matters with reports pointing to a potential ramp up in Algeria-to-France gas exports.

Details on timing and volumes are scant, but Europe 1 radio reported that deliveries could rise by as much as 50%. French utility Engie – already an importer – was part of Mr Macron’s delegation with CEO Catherine MacGregor meeting Algerian Energy Minister Mohammed Arkab. The firm says any potential ramp up would come in the medium to long term as opposed to this winter. (CONTINUED - 176 WORDS)