Sonatrach and Eni Successfully Complete Pipeline in Algeria

Algeria’s state-owned oil company, Sonatrach and Italy’s Eni and have successfully completed the construction of a gas pipeline connecting Bir Rebaa Nord and Menzel Ledjmet Est fields in the Berkine Basin, south-east of Algeria.

The pipeline has the capacity to transport 7 million standard cubic meters of gas per day and is 185 km long, with a 16 inch diameter. The pipeline will enable exports of associated gas that is produced in Block 403 and the development of the gas fields of the blocks of North Berkine, where the first four wells were drilled and linked.

“The gas project of the Berkine Nord will bring to a production of 6.5 million cubic meters and 10,000 barrels of associated liquids which together with the oil development will lead to a production of 65,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day by 2020,” Eni said in a statement.

According to Eni, this is an example of a ‘fast track’ project, which saw a joint commitment between Eni and SONATRACH focused on an accelerated time-to-market common strategy and on the availability and willingness of Sonatrach group contracting companies to carry out the works.

Eni has been operating in Algeria since 1981, and has an equity production of 90,000 barrels of oil per day, making it one of the main international players in Algeria.