Energy company Repsol has started production from the Reggane Nord gasfields, in Algeria.
With construction completed in December, the company explains that the Reggane Nord gasfields are expected to produce eight-million cubic metres a day of gas.
Reggane Nord has an operating consortium consisting of joint operators Repsol owning 29.25%, and Algeria-owned company Sonatrach owning 40%, as well as partnerships with oil and gas company DEA Deutsche Erdoel AG owning 19.5 %, and electrical company Edison owning 11.25%.
The opening ceremony of Reggane Nord, which happened in December, was attended by Algerian PM Ahmed Ouyahia, Repsol CEO Josu Jon Imaz and Sonatrach president and director-general Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour. The ceremony was held to mark the startup of the project with several representatives of the government of Algeria and the other companies in the consortium also in attendance.
At full operation, Reggane Nord project is expected to supply enough gas to meet over 10% of Spain’s gas demand. This project fits in with Repsol’s focus on gas as a key transition fuel into a less carbon-intensive energy mix. Two-thirds of Repsol’s overall production is gas, which also accounts for three-quarters of the company’s reserves.
Further, the company explains that there are six gasfields that are contributing to the Reggane Nord project, the Azrafil Sud-Est, Kahlouche, Kahlouche Sud, Tiouliline, Sali and Reggane gasfields. It highlights that the Reggane Nord project is expected to be in production until at least 2041.
“Repsol and its partners have built a central processing facility and significant infrastructure to process the gas collected from the wells distributed in six different fields: 209 km of collecting gas system and more than 160 km of roads were constructed as well as a 74 km pipeline connecting the project to Algeria’s export facilities,” the company adds.
Currently, Repsol holds rights to five gas production blocks in Algeria, the Tin-Fouye Tabankort, Menzel Ledjmat North, El Merk, Ourhoud and Reggane Nord blocks. It also has two exploration blocks, the South East Illizi and Boughezoul.
The company concludes that its net production in Algeria amounts to almost 13 000 bbl/d. Net proved reserves of liquids and natural gas at year-end of 2016 were estimated to total 27.4-million barrels of oil equivalent.