Exploration & Production

Algeria looks to revive shale gas push

Algeria's prime minster has called on Sonatrach to restart shale gas work in the country in the hope of boosting long-term gas output Algeria's prime minster has called on Sonatrach to restart shale gas work in the country in the hope of boosting long-term gas output.
By Verity Ratcliffe 16 October 2017 0 27980
Drilling at Algeria’s In Salah dry gas field. (Jon Gaute Espevold/Statoil)

The Algerian government wants to restart shale gas development in the country and has called on state-owned Sonatrach to revive its shale gas programme. After a brief foray, Algeria’s shale gas plans were dropped two years ago. Their return shows the government’s desire to tap all available supplies, but its shale push will not ease its financial woes in the short term.

At a televised event on 3 October, Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia said shale gas was an “option aimed at guaranteeing the future in terms...