Sonatrach head visits Touat, commits to ethics code

SourceEnergy Voice
SectorOil & Gas

Sonatrach CEO Toufik Hakkar has visited Algeria’s southwest, seeing the Touat and North Reggane facilities.

Touat halted operations in late 2020 and restarted in April this year. Hakkar heard a presentation from Touat officials on plans to return to design capacity of around 12 million cubic metres per year by September.

The Sonatrach head then visited North Reggane. Talks with the facility manager involved discussions around future investment, intended to maintain production at 8 mcm per day.

Sonatrach said the aim of the visit was to familiarise executives with local operations and, in particular, local workers.

Touat began producing in September 2019.

The project covers 10 gas fields near Adrar, with a single gathering hub. Algeria approved the development plan in 2009, with the aim of producing 4.5 billion cubic metres per year and 630,000 barrels of condensate.

Production is exported from Touat to a Sonatrach pipeline, which runs 800 km to Hassi R’mel.

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