Fertilizer Boost For Algeria’s Battered Petchems Industry

Algiers has breathed new life into a giant planned fertilizer plant; a move that also signals a comeback for the country as a petrochemicals producer a year after the aging Skikda plant was shut. But, with an already-built plant lying idle, a lack of feedstock rather than capacity is the key problem facing Algeria.

Algeria’s state oil firm Sonatrach has agreed with Spain’s Villar Mir to revive the proposed 1.1mn tons/year El Bahia fertilizer project in Arzew.

The deal offers hope for Algeria’s petrochemicals sector, which must fight for gas feedstock with strategically more important industries, and has suffered the closure of what was the country’s sole polymers plant and the collapse of talks for new petrochemicals facilities. (CONTINUED - 989 WORDS)


table Algeria’s Petrochemicals Plants (‘000 T/Y)