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Eni, Partners Ink New Berkine Basin PSC Contract Onshore Algeria

Eni has signed with SONATRACH, Oxy and TotalEnergies a new PSC for blocks 404 and 208 in Algeria. These blocks are located onshore in the prolific Berkine basin, in Eastern Algeria, an area where Eni has been present since the 80s.

The contract, signed under Algeria’s new hydrocarbon law of 2019, will allow the partners to boost investments, increasing the fields’ hydrocarbons reserves while extending their production life for further 25 years. Furthermore, it will also enable future valorisation of significant quantities of associated gas which might become available for export, contributing to the diversification of gas supplies to Europe.

The agreed plan of activities will also include new technologies to improve the reserves recovery factor and reduce COemissions through energy efficiency and decarbonizations projects.

 “Through this new contract, additional volumes of gas will be made available for export and for the domestic market, coherent with Eni’s commitment to the energy transition. It also highlights the importance of the strategic partnership with SONATRACH, aimed at long term investments in Algeria to maximize asset value,” Eni CEO, Claudio Descalzi, commented.

Eni has been present in Algeria since 1981. With an equity production of 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, Eni is the leading international company in the country.

In April 2022, Eni CEO, Claudio Descalzi paid a courtesy visit to Algerian Prime Minister Aymen Benabderrahmane and the Minister of Energy, Mohamed Arkab on the area of fast tracking the berkine basin. The meeting was an opportunity to confirm the will to accelerate the development of new oil and gas projects in the area of the Berkine South contract, which entered into force on 6 March.

 Eni and Sonatrach have announced significant oil and associated gas discovery in the Zemlet el Arbi concession, located in the Berkine North Basin in the Algerian desert. The concession is operated by a joint venture between Eni (49%), and Sonatrach (51%). Preliminary estimates of the size of the discovery are around 140 million barrels of oil.

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