Touat (DZ)

The Touat production sharing contract (PSC) covers 1,300 km² close to the city of Adrar in the Sahara desert in Algeria.

The Touat production sharing contract (PSC) covers 1,300 km² close to the city of Adrar in the Sahara desert in Algeria.

It regroups 10 gas fields with 2P reserves estimated at 68.5 billion m3 of natural gas and 8.5 million barrels of condensates.

In 2002, ENGIE E&P signed the PSC with Sonatrach. The partners jointly led an exploration and appraisal campaign from 2003 until 2007. They drilled seven wells that confirmed enough natural gas to plan the development.

The development phase was launched in June 2009. In March 2010, Sonatrach and ENGIE E&P established the Algerian joint venture Groupement TouatGaz.

The works for development will consist in drilling approximately 40 production wells, in building a road, an aircraft runway, living quarters and in gathering network and gas treatment facilities. They will also consist in installing a connection to the main pipeline that Sonatrach is building to collect the gas from South West Algeria and bring it to Hassi R’Mel (located around 800 km to the North).

Three EPC contracts were signed in 2013 and 2014 to cover the construction of the gas treatment plant, the road, the aircraft runway and the living quarters with the objective to start production in 2017. There are currently around 4000 people working on site.

The project will produce annually 4.5 billion standard m3 of gas and 630,000 barrels of condensates.

Location: Sahara desert, Sout-West of Algeria

First gas planned end of 2017

Production (not started): gas and condensates

Partners: Groupement TouatGaz (100%)

Construction of the gas treatment plant on the Touat site (February 2017). Photo: Sylvie Moor.