Gassi Touil bids expected by mid-year

07 March 2003
State energy company Sonatrachexpects to call for commercial bids for the Gassi Touil gas project by the middle of the year, a company official confirmed on 3 March. Financial offers for the six-field integrated gas project were originally scheduled to be submitted by 11 March, but the project has been subject to delays, and technical bids, originally due last October, were only submitted at the start of this year (Oil & Gas, MEED Special Report, 24:1:02, page 30).

Twelve groups presented technical proposals for the project to develop an integrated liquefied natural gas (LNG) project for the six Gassi Touil fields, which have estimated total reserves of 9 trillion cubic feet, equivalent to 5.6 per cent of the country's proven gas reserves. The project involves the appraisal and development of the three undeveloped southern fields and the construction of infrastructure to transport gas from these and the already developed northern fields to a liquefaction plant, which will be constructed as part of the project. The three northern fields - Nezla South, Hassi Touareg and Toual - have production capacity of 12 million cubic metres a day.

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