The Prime Minister, Abdelaziz Djerad, inaugurated in Hassi Massaoud, a new gas compression and reinjection station, with a production capacity of 24 million m3 per day.
Belonging to the National Hydrocarbons Company (SONATRACH) , this new station is located north of the Zone of the Naili Abdelhalim industrial complex (ZCINA), located six (6) km from Hassi Messaoud.
It will allow the increase of crude oil production by injecting treated gas up to 16 million m3 / d through a new gas-lift loop of 20 'diameter which feeds 15 expansion stations, explained the operations director of this station, Abdelaziz Amokrane.
It also makes it possible to maintain the pressure of the field deposit by reinjecting a volume of 8 million m3 / d of high pressure gas via two pipelines with diameters 14 'and 15', according to the same official.
For a total amount of 50 billion dinars ($ 635 million), the installations for this SONATRACH project were carried out by the Indian Dodsal Engineering and Construction using several Algerian subcontracting companies, including Cosider.
The works had started in 2014, while the provisional acceptance of the installation took place on January 15, 2020.
The workforce used during construction was 2,779 employees, including 1,828 Algerians, or 66% of the total. More than 72% of the employees came from the wilaya of Ouargla.
Currently, this station is operated by 107 agents directly employed with the 4 * 4 system.
The operational staff in operation is composed of 40 agents, including 8 engineers and 32 technicians, that of maintenance counts 39 agents, including 15 engineers and 24 technicians, the agents of the HSE are, for their number, 28, including 2 engineers and 26 technicians.
Mr. Djerad began a working visit to Hassi Massaoud at the beginning of the afternoon at the head of a large delegation, composed of the Minister of the Interior, Local Government and Territorial Planning, Kamel Beldjoud, Minister of Energy, Mohamed Arkab, of the CEO of the National Hydrocarbons Company ( SONATRACH ), Toufik Hakkar, the secretary general of the General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA), Salim Labatcha, as well as several central officials and local.
Shortly before noon, Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad presided over the acquisition ceremony by SONATRACH of three LNG carriers at the port of Algiers.
He then inaugurated the production units of the Sidi Arcine refinery in Baraki (Algiers) after the completion of the rehabilitation works.
The Prime Minister's visit is part of the celebration, on February 24, of the double anniversary of the nationalization of hydrocarbons in 1971 and the creation of the General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA) in 1956.
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