ALGIERS, — Algeria’s national hydrocarbon company, SONATRACH, has signed two agreements for the construction of a 344-kilometre gas pipeline linking El Menia, about 600 km south of Algiers, and Hassi R’Mel, about 450 km south of here.

The pipeline, costing 38.87 billion dinars (about 354 million US dollars), will facilitate the delivery of gas from the new gas fields of Hassi Mouina, Hassi Ba Hamou and Ahnet, which are expected to start production from 2019, to the National Gas Dispatching Centre (CNDG) in Hassi R’Mel.

Beginning 2020, the GR7 pipeline will transport 21.22 billion cubic metres of gas to the CNDG.

The first agreement, worth 17.4 billion dinars, was signed between the Pipeline Transport Activity (TRC), a SONATRACH’s subsidy, and Alfapipe, a subsidy of the public group, Imetal, for the supply of 48-inch pipes, which are due to be delivered within 12 months.

The second agreement, worth 21.47 billion dinars, was signed by TRC and the consortium of Cosider Pipelines and ENAC (national pipeline company, a SONATRACH’s subsidy) and concerns engineering, procurement and construction works within 30 months.

The signing ceremony here Sunday was attended by Minister of Energy Noureddine Boutarfa and SONATRACH chief executive Amine Mazouzi.

Source: Name News Network

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