BP in Algeria

Distant view of the drilling rig in the desert in Rhourde El Baguel, Algeria
BP has a long history of working in Algeria and remains fully committed to its operations there

BP is one of the largest foreign investors in Algeria. It has helped to deliver two major gas developments with joint venture partners: In Salah Gas and In Amenas.

In Amenas, a joint venture with Statoil and Sonatrach, is one of the largest wet gas projects in the country. In Amenas involves the development and production of natural gas and gas liquids from fields in the Illizi basin of south eastern Algeria. First gas was produced in 2006.

In Salah Gas, also a joint venture with Statoil and Sonatrach, is one of the largest dry gas joint-venture projects in the country. The venture involves the development of seven proven gas fields in the southern Sahara, 1,200km south of Algiers, and has been on-stream since July 2004.

In Amenas terrorist attack

A terrorist attack took place at the In Amenas joint venture gas facility between 16 and 20 January 2013. Forty people lost their lives, including four of BP's employees, Carlos Estrada, Stephen Green, Sebastian John, and Gordon Rowan.

In a message to staff on the first anniversary of the attack, BP’s Group Chief Executive, Bob Dudley, said: “As we have continued to come to terms with the senseless loss of our colleagues and friends over the last year, I have been struck by the outpouring of kindness from across the BP family. The atrocity last year was a truly evil act, but the compassion you have shown has been a powerful reminder of the goodness and humanity that exists in the world. These people were our colleagues and friends, and will always be remembered within BP.”

Statements released during the attack and in its aftermath are available at the Press Centre.

Following the attack, BP and Statoil completed detailed site by site security reviews. With the support of Sonatrach BP and Statoil, the Joint Venture has implemented a programme of security measures which were set as pre-conditions for re-entry. Validation is on-going to ensure that these measures are in place and will remain effective. In addition to the security measures implemented by the Joint Venture we understand that the Algerian authorities continue to make enhancements to the military security measures provided in the area surrounding the joint venture sites.

In the UK, BP is participating in the Coroner’s inquest and is co-operating fully with the police investigation. We will be looking very carefully at the outcomes of all investigations to determine what can be learned for the future.

BP offices in Algeria

  • BP Algeria (Sunbury office)
  • Building C, Chertsey Road, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 7LN, UK
  • Tel: +44 (0)1932 760200
  • BP Algeria (Algiers office)
  • 6, Chemin Al Bakri, (ex. Mackley) Ben Aknoun - 16306, Algiers, Algeria
  • Tel: +213 (0) 21 945 999
    Fax: +213 (0) 21 945 989