• Fire broke out on 5 May
  • It is unclear whether it has affected output
  • Hassi Messaoud is operated by state-owned oil company Sonatrach

Two Algerians have died in a fire at an oil rig in the Hassi Messaoud field in central Algeria, according to the state-controlled news agency, Algeria Press Service (APS).

The fire broke out on 5 May and was brought under control quickly, according to the APS report.

It did not give details on whether output from the Hassi Messaoud field would be impacted by the fire.

Hassi Messaoud produces about 300,000 barrels a day and is operated by state-owned oil company Sonatrach.

Algeria is struggling to reverse its declining hydrocarbon output as established fields mature, with few field development projects in place to replace the lost barrels.

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