bp is the largest foreign investor in Algeria. A joint venture with Equinor (formerly 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 Equinor completed detailed site by site security reviews. With the support of Sonatrach bp and Equinor, the joint venture has implemented a programme of security measures which were set as pre-conditions for re-entry. A bp partnership with Equinor 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.
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.
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In Salah Gas, a joint venture between Sonatrach, bp and Statoil announced the start-up of its Southern Fields project
bp has helped to deliver two major gas developments at In Salah Gas and In Amenas, both of which are joint ventures with Sonatrach and Statoil