Earlier in 2002 a joint venture of Japan’s JGC Corporationand Kellogg Brown and Rootof the US won the $745 million engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract on the project (MEED 8:11:02). Development of the gas industry is at the forefront of Algeria’s energy policy, driven by the potential of the lucrative export market, and other major new field developments are in progress at Ohanet and In Salah (MEED 15:3:02).