The Statoil production from the southern fields will be around 22,000 equity barrels oil equivalents per day in 2016.
The In Salah Southern Fields project is one of several operations milestones for Statoil’s business in Algeria, all ramping up to an increase in equity production by 15-20% this year.
Statoil farmed into the In Salah Gas joint venture with Sonatrach and BP in 2004 when the three Northern Fields Krechba, Teguentour and Reg commenced production.
Phase two of the In Salah Gas Project involved development of the four gas fields in the south of the area - Gour Mahmoud, In Salah, Garet el Befinat and Hassi Moumene.
Developing these Southern Fields will maintain production at 9 billion cubic metres per annum.Production is planned to ramp up to 14.1 million cubic metres per day (500 mmscfd) as wells in the Hassi Moumene and Garet el Befinat field are brought on line later this year.
The Southern Fields project covers an area of 2,000km² and includes the construction of a new processing facility, more than 300 km of pipelines and the drilling and tie-in of 26 wells.
In Salah Gas have total estimated recoverable resources of 159 billion cubic metres (5.7 TCF). The gas from southern fields is sold under the same contracts as gas from the northern In Salah fields. Partners in the In Salah Gas joint venture are Sonatrach (35%), BP (33.15%) and Statoil (31.85%).