The In Salah gas development in Algeria. Image courtesy of BP/Flickr.

BP said Tuesday that production has started production at its Southern Fields gas project in Algeria.

The project is part of the In Salah Gas joint venture between Algeria’s Sonatrach, BP and Norway’s Statoil and is the latest stage in the development of seven gas fields in central Algeria.

The Southern Fields project involves the development of four dry gas fields: Gour Mahmoud, In Salah, Garet el Befinat and Hassi Moumene.

Developing the Southern Fields will maintain planned production at 9 billion cubic meters per year, BP said.

“The safe start–up of Southern Fields is an important example of the strength and quality of the longstanding partnership between Sonatrach, BP and Statoil and is evidence of BP’s continued commitment to invest in Algeria,” BP North Africa Regional President Hesham Mekawi said.

Drilling of 26 planned Southern Field wells began in 2014 and is planned to continue until 2018.

The In Salah Gas joint venture commenced production in 2004 from three fields in the north of the area: Krechba, Teguentour and Reg.

The project’s scope includes a new 500 million cubic feet per day  gas dehydration central processing facility close to Hassi Moumene, brownfield modifications to existing processing facilities at Reg, Teg and Krechba, 93 miles of carbon steel export pipelines, 99 miles of 13 percent chrome corrosion resistant alloy infield flowlines and the drilling and tie in of the 26 new wells.

Production is planned to ramp up to 14.1 million cubic meters per day, or 500 million cubic feet per day, as wells in the Hassi Moumene and Garet el Befinat field are brought online over the next two months.

The In Salah Gas project has total estimated recoverable resources of 159 billion cubic meters, according to BP.

Sonatrach holds a 35 percent stake in the In Salah Gas joint venture.

BP holds a 33.15 percent stake and Statoil holds a 31.85 percent stake in the joint venture.


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