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  • #61
    Rehabilitation and modernization of Arzew gas complex:

    The American group specialized in infrastructures and energy Kellogg Brown & Root will be in charge of rehabilitating and modernizing Arzew complex for liquefied natural gas, the complex known as “Camel”.

    The American specialized company, Kellogg Brown & Root, a subsidiary of the Halliburton company which provides military support services will rehabilitate the complex, set up in the 70’s and the 80’s by the participation of the American companies. The complex has a 1.8 billion cubic meters production capacity per year.

    The operation aims at making the complex’s facilities more secure to be in conformity with the development of the production capacity, especially as Algeria is currently trying to diversify its markets for natural gas. It also wants to raise its gas exportation capacity, which does not exceed 40 % of hydrocarbon exports’ value. A special program has been set up to lift Algeria’s exports to about 85 billion m3, then 100 billion m3.

    KBR gets the transaction


    • #62
      BP starts production at gas project in Algeria's In Amenas

      BP PLC (BP) said Friday that Algeria's In Amenas gas project, a joint development with Sonatrach (SON.YY) and Statoil ASA (STO), had commenced gas production.

      The U.K. oil giant said In Amenas is Algeria's largest joint-development in wet gas, a natural gas produced by a refining process which contains a large amount of associated liquid hydrocarbons.

      Production will build over the next two months about 25 million cubic meters a day, or about 9 billion cubic meters a year, and between 50,000 to 60,000 barrels a day of liquids.

      In Amenas is located about 850 kilometers south of Hassi Messaoud, in the south-east of the country. The project includes development of four primary gas fields plus gas gathering and processing facilities.

      "This is a significant milestone for BP and reinforces Algeria's position as a major producer of gas and exporter," said Tony Hayward, chief executive of BP's exploration and production unit.
      BP is a key player in Algeria's gas sector, where it has already invested over $4 billion.

      BP is also producing 9 bcm gas a year at In Salah. Output from the Salah and In Amenas fields accounts for around 75% of the growth in Algeria's gas exports to 85 bcm/year by 2010 from around 60 bcm/year as of March.



      • #63
        Talisman (Algeria) B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of Talisman Energy Inc. has announced that production from the MLN field has been shut-in due to flaring restrictions as a result of the failure of a gas reinjection compressor motor. Talisman has a 35% working interest in the Greater MLN field in Block 405a. Production in the first quarter from MLN averaged 11,591 bbls/day.

        On May 1, 2006 the high pressure and reinjection compressors failed on a high voltage surge, which caused the reinjection motor rotor ring to rupture. The high pressure and reinjection compressor motors were immediately shipped to France for repair. The motors are now expected back to MLN and commissioned such that production can be recommenced by the end of the third quarter. During the shutdown the operator (ConocoPhillips) has used the opportunity to do maintenance and Phase-2 compression preparatory work.

        Mechanical repairs temporarily curtail Talisman's Algerian production


        • #64
          First Calgary Petroleums Ltd. announces relinquishment of Rhourde Yacoub Block 406a

          CALGARY, June 26 /CNW/ - First Calgary Petroleums Ltd. (FCP) announces it has given Sonatrach formal notice of its intention to relinquish its interest in Rhourde Yacoub Block 406a effective August 10, 2006, in accordance with the terms of the joint venture agreement.

          At the announcement of FCP's 2005 results made in March this year, it was stated that a decision on future activity on the block would be made by August 10, 2006 when the licence extension expires.

          Richard Anderson, President and CEO, commented: "as stated earlier this year, the ZCH-2 well drilled in the first quarter discovered a small separate hydrocarbon pool isolated from the ZCH-1 discovery. Having completed our joint review of the position with our partner Sonatrach we have agreed, in the light of the limited remaining period, the licence will be relinquished.

          We believe we can generate more value for shareholders by focusing our exploration and commercialisation efforts on Ledjmet Block 405b. The company has 3 wells - ZER-1, GSM-1 and GSME-1 - currently operating, with an ongoing oil and gas exploration and appraisal programme utilising 3 rigs planned for the rest of this year and beyond. Our MLE field commercialisation activities are also progressing very well."



          • #65
            Electrical grid expansion:

            MONTREAL, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - SR Telecom(TM) Inc., the leading provider of licensed OFDM solutions, today announced it has been awarded a new contract valued at CDN $3.0 million for its SR500s point-to-multipoint fixed wireless access system from Iberinco, a leading engineering firm based in Spain.

            Iberinco selected the SR500s for its versatility in transporting voice and data signals at varying speeds and formats. The SR Telecom SR500s has been the core solution for this multi-regional project that has seen the deployment of networks throughout the Algiers and Oran regions of Algeria. It will now be deployed throughout the Constantine region to enable end users to continuously monitor the performance and status of their electrical grid and to maintain communications with remotely located staff. Deliveries are expected to begin in Q3 2006.

            "We are very proud of our position as supplier-of-choice for SCADA applications," said William Aziz, President and CEO of SR Telecom. "The oil, gas and electrical distribution markets require a mature, robust and reliable product solution and SR Telecom has been the supplier of choice for this market segment for over 20 years. The feature set of our equipment, along with our unique ability to seamlessly integrate it within mission critical applications like this are the main reasons behind our continued success in these sectors."

            SR Telecom receives $3.0 million order for SCADA application - Industry-leading SR500s selected for expansion of electrical grid project


            • #66
              The downward trend in Venezuelan oil exports to the United States continued last April since September 2005, when they averaged 1.3 million bpd.

              According to the Energy Information Administration, the statistics arm of the US Department of Energy, last April, shipments achieved a mean of 1.17 million bpd, 12,000 bpd, or 1 percent, below the numbers recorded in March, and 220,000 bpd less than the average the same month in 2005 or a loss of 15.8 percent.

              However, Venezuela kept the fourth position among major oil suppliers, behind Canada, Mexico and Saudi Arabia. That month, four of the five major providers suffered a setback in average shipments. Saudi Arabia was the only beneficiary, as exports raised from 1.32 million bpd in March to 1.58 million bpd in April.

              "Canada continued being the largest exporter of oil to the United States in April, even though it placed 2.22 million bpd of oil and byproducts, slightly below 2.25 million in average this year. For its part, Algeria showed a small drop in oil exports, but total oil shipments lifted," the agency noted.

              In the aggregate, the United States imported in April 9.78 million bpd of oil from different sources, a drop of 47,000 bpd vs. the prior month. The five major sources of shipment pooled 73 percent of the total number, and the 10 major sources had 89 percent, according to EIA.

              From January to April 2006, Venezuela placed in the United States 1.19 million bpd of oil. In the same period of 2005, 1.35 million were sent, a differential of 162,000 bpd or 12 percent in one year.

              Besides oil shipments, Venezuela provided the United States in April with 222,000 bpd of byproducts. As a result, oil shipments totaled 1.39 million bpd, i.e.: 137,000 bpd less than March numbers. This shows that placing of Venezuelan byproducts have shrunk more than oil.



              • #67
                June 29 -- ConocoPhillips, operator of Algeria's Menzel Lejmat North (MLN) field on Block 405a in the Berkine basin, plans to resume oil production from that field by the end of the third quarter, reported Talisman Energy Inc., a 35%-interest partner.

                Field production has been halted due to damage of a gas reinjection compressor motor after a high-voltage surge caused the reinjection motor rotor ring to rupture. The motor has been shipped to France for repair.

                Meanwhile, field maintenance and second phase compression preparatory work are under way.

                Talisman's first quarter oil production from MLN averaged 11,591 b/d net.

                ConocoPhillips to resume Algeria field production


                • #68
                  KUWAIT, July 1 (KUNA) -- The total value of the crude oil exports in the oil producing Arab states and members of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) reached USD 327.4 billion in 2005, which is a USD 99 billion increase compared to 2004.

                  The annual report of OAPEC's Secretary General said that the reason behind this increase, which is estimated at 43.5 percent, is due to the major hike in the world oil prices, in addition to the increase in the total crude oil production in most of the member states, which is estimated at 21.4 million barrels daily in 2005 compared to 20.8 million bpd in the previous day, a 2.9 percent increase.

                  According to the report, all the member states, achieved an increase in the value of their oil exports, with the UAE and Algeria ranking first with a 60 percent increase, followed by Kuwait with 52 percent, Libya, 49 percent, Saudi Arabia 35 percent and each of Egypt, Qatar, Syria and Bahrain between 20-13 percent.

                  Regarding the oil and energy consumption in the Arab states, OAPEC said that the consumption increased by 5.6 percent reaching 8.1 million bpd in 2005 compared to 7.6 million bpd in 2004.

                  According to the report, the energy consumption in the Arab states is influenced by several factors, namely the tangible increase in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which rose by 15.8 percent reaching USD 870 billion in 2004 and played an important role in the energy consumption in 2005.

                  It added that this major leap in the GDP is mainly due to the increase in the oil national production, which also resulted in the increase of the oil revenues that have a major impact on the economic development especially in the oil producing Arab states.

                  The demographic factor also has an influence on energy production in the Arab states, where the population increased by 2.1 percent in 2005 to reach about 312 million people, out of which 200 million (64.1 percent) live in the OAPEC member states.

                  The report indicated that the member states made up 89.9 percent of the total energy consumption of the member states in 2005.



                  • #69
                    The Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services Group (I&S) has received an order from GE Oil & Gas to supply variable-speed electric drives for two LNG cooling compressors to Skikda, Algeria. The final customer is Sonatrach, an Algerian company. The compressors will mainly be driven by GE gas turbines. The drives will support operation of the gas turbine and start the whole line. In addition, they will increase availability and ensure better utilization of the compressor. The plan is to integrate the systems in the plant by September 2007.

                    The GE Oil & Gas Italian Business Unit “Nuovo Pignone” manufactures Turbo compressors for gas liquefaction plants. Siemens is equipping these turbines with variable-speed drive systems. They have an output of 17 megawatts each and support the turbine so that it performs at a constant level. Fluctuating outdoor temperatures and aging impair the performance of gas turbines. The systems compensate for this deficit. In addition, they are used to support starting because starting a gas turbine without an electric drive is unreliable. The drive systems supplied by Siemens include transformers, line filters, frequency converters, synchronous motors and cooling systems.

                    Siemens is also responsible for commissioning. After a test phase in Italy, where the drive solution will be tested together with the gas turbine and compressor, the drives are to be integrated in the LNG plant in September 2007.

                    Siemens supplies variable-speed drive systems for LNG cooling compressors to Algeria


                    • #70
                      ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria's cabinet has approved a bill that dilutes a previous energy liberalisation by ensuring that state firm Sonatrach keeps a major upstream role, saying this will preserve national resources for future generations.

                      An official statement said on Wednesday the proposed change, which must be passed by parliament and approved by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to become law, would give Sonatrach "a systematic and sizeable participation in the operations of exploration and production."

                      That would be a marked change to the reformist law passed in 2005, which was meant to overhaul the OPEC member's oil and gas industry radically, to make it more attractive for foreign investors.

                      The 2005 legislation reduced the level of participation Sonatrach could claim in production sharing agreements with foreign firms to 20-30 percent from the current 51.5 percent. Sonatrach could also decline to participate.

                      It also was meant to turn Sonatrach into a purely commercial entity and create separate agencies to regulate the industry as well as award exploration and development contracts - all currently done by Sonatrach.

                      The statement in government newspapers said: "The proposed amendments aim to rationalise the exploitation of our hydrocarbon resources in order to address, on the one hand, the needs of our national development and to preserve, on the other, the natural riches of our country for the benefit of future generations."

                      "This measure of preservation and conservation of our resources will be carried out on the basis of a systematic and sizeable participation of Sonatrach in the operations of exploration and production."

                      Various business interests and labour unions have consistently said the reform law was too generous to foreigners.

                      "We must recover our sovereignty over our national resources," Louisa Hanoune, leader of Algeria's small left-wing Workers Party, told reporters on Monday.

                      In a recent speech, Bouteflika, talking about oil policy, said without elaborating: "My generation has been unable to build an alternative economy to the oil and gas economy...It is not possible, then, to compromise our energy resources and leave nothing to the coming generations."

                      In February 2005, Bouteflika said the new law was not the "Koran", and that it could be changed if it did not serve Algeria's interest.

                      The energy ministry was not immediately available for comment on Wednesday, a national independence day holiday.

                      Sonatrach is one of Africa's largest energy companies and has recently begun investing in the gas and oil sectors abroad, ranging from Libya to Peru.

                      The 2005 law has not entered into force yet because its complex "implementing texts" - an annexe to the law that lays out the practical details of liberalisation - have not been signed by Bouteflika.

                      Supporters of the new law have said that it would increase output and revenues as more international companies would enter the booming Algerian market.

                      But critics of the reform have said that even without the hydrocarbons law, foreign interest in Algeria has been strong. International firms operating and investing in Algerian oil and gas production earned $4 billion in 2005.

                      Critics add that Algeria, with foreign exchange reserves of more than $60 billion, is no longer in need of liquidity as was the case when the reformist bill was first introduced in 2001.

                      Algeria's energy revenues are expected to climb beyond the record of $50 billion in 2006, thanks to high oil prices.

                      Algeria government favours Sonatrach in energy law change


                      • #71
                        Hydrocarbons law’s amendment: Sonatrach recovers its initial position


                        • #72
                          Law on hydrocarbons

                          The Secretary general of the Workers party, Louisa Hanoune, called yesterday, for the withdrawal of the law on hydrocarbons by qualifying it as “poisonous”, pointing out that she intends to make contacts with the central union as well as with political parties to form a Front for the safeguard of Algeria. Hanoune invited the President of the Republic to clarify his decisions and statements.

                          Speaking on the occasion of the opening of the ordinary session of the party’s central committee, in Algiers, Louisa Hanoune said the amendment of the law on hydrocarbons, approved by the council of government on Tuesday, was a manoeuvre on the behalf of the Energy and Mine minister, Chakib Khalil. The speaker expressed the rejection, by her party, of the amendment supervised by Chakib Khalil, the very initiator of the law which was worked out by an American office.

                          Restating Workers Party’s positions as to the law on hydrocarbons, the secretary general of the PT described the adoption of the law by parliament as “an earthquake” or “the death of Algeria”, and called for the freezing of the law's application, before withdrawing it and submitting it to debate.

                          Hanoune also invited the president of the Republic to organize a referendum on the law. The secretary general of the workers party also revealed the position of the minister of the interior, Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni, on the matter. He was the only one to oppose the law in the Council of Ministers, she said.

                          Hanoune describes the law as “poisonous”


                          • #73
                            Spain has cleared construction of the most environmentally sensitive part of a pipeline that will provide a direct link to Europe for Algerian natural gas fields, the Environment Ministry said.

                            The Medgaz pipeline reaches Spain on its southeastern corner, much of which is covered by the nature reserve of Cabo de Gata.

                            The ministry said it had chosen the route furthest from the reserve and specified strict criteria for digging the underwater trench that brings the pipeline ashore, to minimise its impact on marine life.

                            The Medgaz pipeline, being built by a consortium led by Algerian state energy company Sonatrach and Total's Spanish oil and gas firm Cepsa, is due to start bringing gas to Spain in 2009.

                            Failure to obtain environmental clearance would have delayed the 630 million euro ($806 million) project.

                            Cabo de Gata is a semi-arid region, whose salt pans are home to many rare birds and which has extensive prairies of oceanic Posidonia, a protected seagrass.

                            Europe gas link to Algerian fields


                            • #74
                              The beleagured $3 billion dollar Dabhol power plant, which is currently generating expensive electricity using naphtha, is likely to get liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Algeria from mid-2009.

                              GAIL India, the 50% owner of the Dabhol power plant, is in talks with an Algerian firm for sourcing long-term LNG to fire the 2,184 MW power plant, an industry source said.

                              "The Algerian company has indicated the possibility of supplying of 1.2 million tonnes per annum LNG for 25 years starting from mid-2009," he added.

                              An additional 1.2 million tonne LNG could also be made available, the source said.

                              GAIL, which was mandated by the central government to meet the LNG requirement of the plant, is currently negotiating supply terms and pricing and a term sheet was expected to be signed soon.

                              Ratnagiri Gas and Power, a joint venture of GAIL and National Thermal Power Corp (NTPC), restarted Block-II on May 1, 2006 using stored naphtha. Block-II can generate 740 MW (17 million units of electricity per day) but was only generating about 5 million units per day using naphtha as feedstock.

                              It is yet to begun full commercial sale due to feedstock constraints and supplies power to Maharashtra State Electricty Board (MSEB) at Rs 4.25 per unit.

                              The source said GAIL had, in May, bought 60,000 tonne of spot LNG from Sonatrach of Algeria at an ex-ship price of $9.28 per million British thermal unit (mBTU). "Spot LNG prices are generally higher. A long-term contract will see a much lower price," he said.

                              India's Dabhol power plant may use LNG from Algeria


                              • #75
                                Sonatrach, the national hydrocarbons company, announced Sunday that it made, on its own, a discovery of hydrocarbons under the form of gas in condensate.

                                This marks the company's seventh discovery since the beginning of 2006. According to a release of the company, this discovery was made in Berkine's basin following the drilling of AHMSW-1 well (Ait Mamouda – southwest -1) at 405a block's level.

                                Source: Algeria Press Agency

                                Sonatrach announces a new discovery of gas

                                With this discovery, the number of hydrocarbon discoveries is now elevated to 13 in Algeria.
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