Working in Algeria

Whether it’s for local communities or our own people, we strive to do the right thing

BP is the largest foreign investor in Algeria. A joint venture with Statoil and Sonatrach, In Amenas 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. The first gas was produced in 2006.

Safety comes first at BP – and following the major security incident that took place at the In Amenas gas facility between 16 and 20 January 2013, 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.  For regular updates and more details on BP’s response to the incident, visit the Press Section.

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

We have always looked to support local communities wherever in the world we operate. In Algeria, we have a long history of involvement in community projects centred on education, energy and enterprise development. These include English language training, modern libraries and the Illizi Home scheme where traditional skills combined with contemporary design create furniture for the international market. 

We are currently working in partnership with the Vocational Training Ministry to implement training programmes in five towns across southern Algeria. The objective is to enable people to find jobs locally and reduce migration to urban centres along the northern coast. It will also help the oil and gas industry to gain access to a trained and qualified local pool of talent in the fields of electricity, plumbing, welding, heating and air conditioning.

For more details, see our latest Sustainability Report.

Learning and development

We believe that our success in Algeria is inherently linked to the development of both our employees and the communities where we operate. That’s why we invest heavily in providing everyone with the opportunity to enhance their skills and explore their strengths in line with their ambitions. Our world-class learning and development is designed to open up a range of future options.

Diversity and inclusion

We work as one team, bringing together people from a range of backgrounds whose different perspectives enrich our business. That’s why we value diversity and inclusion. Everyone at BP is treated fairly, with respect, and is encouraged to voice their opinion. Each member of the team knows what is expected of them and is given every opportunity to realize their potential in a pleasant, supportive and collaborative environment.