On 16 June, the 21st regular meeting of the El Assel Project Operating Committee took place at the Algerian Branch of Gazprom International, Gazprom’s sole specialized company for implementing international upstream projects.
Participating in the work of the committee were representatives of the project partners – the Algerian State Oil and Gas Corporation Sonatrach and Gazprom International, which is the project operator during the exploration stage.
During the meeting, the parties discussed the current status of the project’s implementation, approved the revised work program and budget for 2015, and agreed on the drilling program for RSH-3 within the framework of the Rhourde Sayah (RSH) field delineation program.
Since 2009, Gazprom International has been working in Algeria on a project for exploring and developing hydrocarbons in the El Assel block in the eastern part of the country. The company has a 49% share in the project. The Algerian State Oil and Gas Corporation Sonatrach has a 51% share.
Within the framework of the program for the geological exploration works in the area, a considerable volume of 3D and 2D seismic tomography has been completed, and the information acquired has been processed and interpreted, as well as the seismic data from previous years; seven exploration and appraisal wells have been built.
In September 2014, the new gas and oil field Rhourde Sayah North was opened. The deposit was discovered after drilling the exploratory well RSHN-1 at a depth of 4,100 metres. During the course of earlier exploration activities in this area, the Sonatrach - Gazprom International association discovered two accumulations after drilling the exploratory wells RSH-2 and ZERN-1. In addition, the previously discovered Zemlet Er-Rekkeb field is also at the site. The company is currently constructing the next appraisal well RSHN-2 as well as preparing the development plan for the Zemlet Er-Rekkeb - Zemlet Er-Rekkeb South (ZER-ZERS) fields.
Algeria has the second largest proven reserves of natural gas (4.58 trillion m3) in Africa, after Nigeria (5.15 trillion m3). The bulk of its hydrocarbon reserves are concentrated in the central and eastern parts of the country.