ALGIERS – The Ministry of Energy has provided details concerning the shutdown of the oil and gas port of Arzew and Bethioua (Oran) which occurred from the 6th to the 13th of the current month, ensuring that the loading of hydrocarbons resumed gradually as of December 9 , while the LNG carrier Lalla Fatma N’soumer loaded its cargo on December 13.
“We would like to inform the public that this shutdown , which occurred since the beginning of December, was caused by bad weather conditions, forcing the port company of Arzew to lock up the ports of Arzew and Bethioua for fairly long periods, leading to a disruption of maritime navigation, “said the General Directorate of Hydrocarbons of the Ministry of Energy in an information note published on the Facebook page of the ministry.
The same source, also, indicated that “the consignment of the two ports as of December 6, 2020 has consequently induced delays ranging from 3 to 13 days, but in a discontinuous way, in the loading programs of the oil transport vessels intended for for export and for the national market “.
The ministry also announced that “the loading of hydrocarbons resumed gradually from December 9” while specifying that “the LNG carrier Lalla Fatma n’soumer, quoted in the press, loaded its cargo on December 13, a delay of seven (07) days “.
These vessel loading disruptions “did not impact upstream production, thanks to the availability of storage capacities in the north and south, as well as their good management by Sonatrach,” the statement concluded.