Touat natural gas field complex in Algeria is due to start work in February next year, an upstream official at state-owned Sonatrach said Thursday.
Regarding the various announcements and postponements of the project start-up, the official said the latest target would be “the right one” after consultation with contractor Tecnicas Reunidas.
For its part, Sonatrach, which co-operates Touat with UK-based Neptune Energy, said the delays were caused by a conflict between the building contractor and its workers.
On the other hand, Neptune, which took over as co-operator of the project from France’s Engie as part of its deal to buy the French company’s upstream assets, said in September that the project was 90% complete and that all phase one wells had been drilled despite the issues with the CPF and associated pipeline infrastructure.
Touat is located in the Basin of Sbaa, 1,500 km southwest of Algiers near the city of Adrar.
It is expected to produce at a rate of around 12.5 million cu m/d — or 4.5 Bcm/year — of gas and some 1,700 b/d of condensate.
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