GDF-Suez and Sonatrach to invest $3 billion in Touat
The Algerian national company Sonatrach and the France-based utility and energy group GDF-Suez selected the Spanish engineering company Tecnicas Reunidas to execute the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) contract for the development of the giant Touat gas field in southwestern Algeria.
– GDF-Suez 65% is the operator
– Sonatrach 35%
This Touat gas field belongs to the Sbaa Basin located 1,500 kilometers southwest of Alger, in the northeast region of Adrar City.
– 68.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas
– 8.5 million barrels of condensates
– 155 billion cubic feet per year (cf/y) or 4.5 billion cubic meter per year (cm/y) of natural gas
– 630,000 barrels per year (b/y) of condensates.
During some years where all the Algerian projects were left on hold because of the lack of a pipelines system to supply the refining and petrochemical projects in the north, along the Mediterranean Sea, from the gas fields left untapped in the south of the country.
Since the Algerian Government has decided to proceed with the expansion of its pipelines system, the upcoming GR-5 gas pipeline will unlock the Touat gas field and connect it to the Hassi RMel National Gas Dispaching Center (CNDG).
Tecnicas Reunidas won Touat phase-1 EPCC contract
Anticipating on the construction of this pipeline network and the development of the Touat project, GDF-Suez had signed in 2011 a contract with Sonatrach to export 1 billion cubic meters per year (cm/y) of natural gas to Spain for a period of 20 years.
Four engineering companies submitted their best technical and commercial bids out of which the Spanish Tecnicas Reunidas won the contract with an offer at $1.02 billion.
– Put in production 25 wells currently at drilling stage
– Provide and deploy over 150 kilometers the associated gas gathering system
– Install the compressors and dehydration units
– Construct the removal units for the sulfides and carbon dioxide
– Establish the waste water treatment unit
– Production unit for drinkable water
– Independent electric power generation.