June 22, 2024
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OIL & GAS

Sonatrach, Baker Hughes Partner to Boost Production in Algeria’s Natural Gas Field

Algeria’s state hydrocarbon firm Sonatrach has awarded Baker Hughes a major contract for a gas-boosting project for the Hassi R’Mel natural gas field in Algeria. Baker Hughes and Marie Technimont are to supply  20 compression trains based on Frame 5 gas turbine and BCL compressor technology.

Hassi R’ Mel is the largest gas field in Algeria and one of the largest in the world, representing a key source of energy supply for Algeria and Europe.

Baker Hughes,  a large American oil and gas engineering contractor, claims to possess proven technology solutions which are expected to play a central role in the project by boosting and stabilizing the pressure of natural gas and increasing production at site, “which will enhance Algeria’s domestic energy system and the economy as well as Europe’s energy security”

Packaging of the compressor trains, as well as manufacturing of the compressors and testing of the trains, will take place at Baker Hughes’ facilities in Italy.

The development is a part of Algeria’s ambitious plan to strengthen its role in the global energy market and its commitment to natural gas as a key energy source for socio-economic development.

In 2023, Algeria became the second-largest gas supplier to Europe, according to Bloomberg NEF, boosting the country’s role in enhancing the energy security of the continent, particularly in Italy where Algeria represents the biggest single source of import.

The Hassi R’ Mel Project is part of a broader strategic collaboration between Algeria and Italy, which includes recently signed agreements to foster bilateral cooperation and provide financial support for Algeria’s gas production as part of the Mattei Plan. The Mattei Plan seeks to promote cooperation between Africa and Italy along five main policy pillars: education and training, agriculture, health, water and energy.

 

 

 

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