Petroleum Africa: “In Salah” Starts Up At Long Last

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BP, Statoil, and Sonatrach saw the start up of production at the In Salah at the Southern fields gas project in Algeria. The project is the latest stage in the development of seven gas fields in central Algeria.

The In Salah Gas JV commenced production in 2004 from three fields in the north of the area: Krechba, Teguentour and Reg. The Southern Fields project involves the development of four dry gas fields: Gour Mahmoud, In Salah, Garet el Befinat and Hassi Moumene.  Developing the Southern Fields will maintain planned production at 9 billion cubic meters per annum.

In 2014 the partners begin the drilling of 26 planned southern field wells and drilling is expected to continue through 2018. The project’s scope includes a new 500 Mmscf/d gas dehydration central processing facility close to Hassi Moumene, brownfield modifications to existing processing facilities at Reg, Teg and Krechb, 150 km of carbon steel export pipelines, 160 km of 13% chrome corrosion resistant alloy infield flowlines, and the drilling and tie in of the 26 new wells.

Production is planned to ramp up to 500 Mmscf/d as wells in the Hassi Moumene and Garet el Befinat field are brought online over the next two months.

Commenting on the start-up, Hesham Mekawi, BP North Africa Regional President said: “The safe start–up of Southern Fields is an important example of the strength and quality of the longstanding partnership between Sonatrach, BP and Statoil and is evidence of BP’s continued commitment to invest in Algeria. I am pleased to congratulate the team at In Salah Gas on this significant achievement that will sustain production for years to come.”