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Oil and Gas Production Not Affected in Algeria

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Despite the unrest in Algeria the country’s main export funds generator, its oil and gas production has been unaffected, according to Neil Atkinson, head of the IEA oil industry and market division, cited in a Reuters report

“There are as yet no signs that (Algeria’s) actual production and exports have been affected, but it’s a situation that we will watch and see how it develops,” Atkinson said.

Protesters have been calling on oil and gas workers to join them in the streets. Sonatrach CEO, Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour in a statement in the company newsletter said that the employees at Sonatrach have the right to join street protests like the country’s other citizens, but their first duty should be to keep working. In the newsletter, Kaddour said he understood some staff wanted to join the historic protests and he was not restricting them from doing so. However, he appealed to employees to keep working.