The Reggane Nord Project in the Algerian Sahara comprises the gas fields of Reggane, Azrafil Sud-Est, Kahlouche, Kahlouche Sud, Tiouliline and Sali.
A consortium consisting of Spanish company Repsol, DEA and the Italian company Edison were awarded block 351c and 352c in the Reggane Nord region as part of the third international concession round by the Algerian government in 2002. The Production Sharing Agreement was signed on 10 July 2002.

In December 2017, the consortium achieved the production start.

Exploration work for the evaluation of gas potential

The purpose of the successfully completed work programmes for the two exploration phases carried out to date was the evaluation of earlier gas discoveries in the region and the investigation of additional gas potential in Palaeozoic formations. The work programme included extensive seismic surveys as well as the drilling of fifteen exploration and appraisal wells.

DEA Licences Algeria

In 2012 the Algerian ALNAFT authority issued the permit to develop the six gas fields. Besides DEA, which holds 19.5 per cent, the current consortium members are the Algerian state-owned company Sonatrach (40 per cent), as well as Repsol (29.25 per cent) and Edison (11.25 per cent).

More than 25 years of gas production

The capital expenditures will total approximately three billion US dollars for the development project. The production phase is expected to span more than 25 years.

Field development in the Algerian Sahara is being carried out by the joint company “Groupement Reggane Nord” (GRN), which has been established by the project partners especially for this purpose.

The consortium began drilling work for the first development well in the Algerian Sahara in January 2015.

The scope to first gas included design, construction, commissioning and start-up of the Central Processing Facilities (CPF) including a Gas Treatment Plant (GTP), a gathering network (flowlines, trunklines, manifolds) to connect the wells to the GTP, a Gas export pipeline (approx. 74 km) from the GTP to the new built GR5 national gas transport pipeline as well as a Living Base and Security Camp.