Italian energy giant Eni has successfully completed the construction of a gas pipeline connecting Bir Rebaa Nord (BRN) and Menzel Ledjmet Est (LME) fields in the Berkine Basin, located in southeastern Algeria.
The pipeline measures 185km in length with a diameter of 16 inches, and has a transport capacity of seven million cubic metres of gas per day.
The project will enable the export of gas from BRN and the development of gas fields in North Berkine, where the drilling of the first four wells has recently been completed. Production from oil fields in the same blocks began in May 2019 and will continue to be developed this year.
The project has been described as a ‘fast track’ project, which saw a shared commitment by Eni and Sonatrach based on a strategy of an accelerated time to market and on the availability of Sonatrach’s contracting companies to carry out the works.
At full capacity, the gas project in Berkine Nord will bring production to a total of 6.5 million cubic metres of gas and 10,000 barrels of associated liquids that, together with the oil development, will lead to an overall production of 65,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day by 2020.
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