Thai state firm PTTEP says its Hassi Bir Rekaiz project produced 13,000 b/d in the third quarter of the year, reaching full phase-1 capacity one month after starting up in June (MEES, 3 June).

The long-delayed HBR project which groups PTTEP (49%) with Algerian state firm Sonatrach (51%) is one of the first new greenfield oil projects to start-up in Algeria in years. HBR is located in the Touggourt region of Algeria where state oil giant Sonatrach is planning to add around 200,000 b/d in the coming years (MEES, 1 April). (CONTINUED - 228 WORDS)