El Merk fire highlights Algerian issues

Issue 426 - 05 Nov 2020

State energy giant Sonatrach said everything was under control at the giant El Merk oil field after a fire in the central processing facility (CPF) on 21 October. The next day, Sonatrach chief Toufik Hakkar visited the unit operated by the Groupement Berkine joint venture with Occidental Petroleum Corporation, reassuring markets that output at the field, which produces 98,000 b/d of crude and 29,000 b/d of condensates, would soon return.

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