Production has begun at Algeria’s Reggane Nord natural gas field, Egypt Oil & Gas reports.
Four wells at the natural gas field have been brought online, according to a press release from DEA. The consortium operating the field plans to increase production to 280 million cubic feet per day (mcf/d) after an additional six wells come online.
Algeria plans to begin production from two new natural gas fields next year–the Touat and Timimoun fields, according to Platts. Sonatrach, Algeria’s state-managed energy company, has also announced plans to invest $2 billion in the Hassi Rmel natural gas field.
The country has been looking to increase its natural gas exports to offset lower oil revenues due to the price crash in 2014.
The field is operated by the Groupement Reggane Nord, consisting of DEA (19.5%), Sonatrach (40%), Repsol (29.25%), and Edison (11.25%).
The field is located in the Sahara Desert.