Sonatrach, Algeria’s state-owned oil and gas company, in partnership with Total and ENI are about to launch an offshore drilling program. The companies will be drilling on the eastern coast between Bejaia and Skikda.

A Reuters report cited Sonatrach’s Director for New Resources, Youcef Khankar, as saying that the campaign will begin in H2. Khankar said that 2D and 3D seismic data acquisition campaigns currently underway.

The targeted region for this new drilling campaign could contain several Tcm of natural gas, officials said.

The initial results from the 2D seismic campaign suggest geological similarities between the east coast and Egypt’s Zohr field.



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