LNG News Editor:
Algeria’s Minister of Energy and Mines Mohamed Arkab has held face-to-face talks in Algiers with Total Chairman and Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanné for discussions including future liquefied natural gas projects.
“The two parties discussed future projects to be carried out in liquefied natural gas, renewable energies, energy storage and petrochemicals, in particular the petrochemicals (polypropylene) project which is making steady progress,” said a statement.
To this end, the two parties reaffirmed their willingness to work to strengthen the partnership between Algerian state energy company Sonatrach and Total, though gave no specific details on LNG projects.
Total and Sonatrach signed an agreement in June 2020 to renew their partnership in the LNG export and import sector.
This agreement notably allowed the extension of existing supply contracts for three additional years to provide 2 million tonnes per annum of Algerian LNG to the French market, primarily through the LNG terminal at Fos Cavaou, west of Marseilles.
That agreement also includes the sub-charter of a Total-owned LNG carrier to Sonatrach.
Algerian LNG exports have been recovering from a low ebb and now amount to around 12.40 million tonnes per annum combined from the Arzew and Skikda liquefaction plants on the Mediterranean Coast.
Algeria is also a main pipeline natural gas supplier to Europe and in 2020 exported 14.8 Bcm of gas to Italy, an increase of 12 percent compared with 2019.
The country additionally supplied 9.6 Bcm of pipeline gas to Spain, part of which flowed through to Portugal.
Total’s main current energy projects are located in the Tin Fouye-Tabankort (TFT) gas fields, among the largest in Algeria and located in the prolific Illizi-Ghadames Basin, as well as the Timimoun gas fields and oil projects in the Berkine Basin.
Total and Sonatrach are also advancing with their petrochemical project development for Western Algeria.