Working in Algeria
The largest foreign investor in Algeria, BP has helped to deliver two major gas developments with joint venture partners
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.
Following the major security incident that took place at the In Amenas gas facility between 16 and 20 January 2013, we took the precautionary measure of bringing non-essential staff out of our operations across Algeria. Our HR teams and others worked to provide medical services, practical help and other assistance. We are keeping the security situation across the region under close review. For regular updates and more details on BP’s response to the incident, visit the Press Section.
Also a joint venture with Statoil and Sonatrach, In Salah Gas 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.
We have a long history of involvement in community projects in Algeria 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.