Algeria Gas Set For Record 2018 With Start-Up Of Key Southwest Fields

MEES, 2 March 2018

Algeria’s 2017 gas output was only just shy of record levels set the previous year. With the second of two key ‘Southwest Gas Project’ components starting up this week, the country can expect new records in 2018.

The 24 February start-up of output at the Timimoun gas field makes it the second of three components of the 9bcm/y phase-1 of the country’s Southwest Gas Project (SWGP) to enter service.

The much-delayed SWGP ( MEES, 14 July 2017 ) has for years formed the centerpiece of Algeria’s hopes of boosting gas output. But, whilst the country’s gas output may indeed top 2016’s 94.8bcm and 2017’s 94.5bcm to hit new record levels this year, the chronic delays since the project was first proposed last decade (MEES, 12 October 2009) mean that domestic gas demand has soared in the meantime…

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Richard Nield is a freelance journalist, photographer and filmmaker covering the Middle East and Africa. In 10 years covering the region, he has been published and broadcast by clients including the BBC, Reuters, Al Jazeera, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Independent and Foreign Policy magazine. He has reported from throughout the region, including Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia, South Sudan, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.