Total, Algerian state-owned Sonatrach, and Cespa have started production from the Timimoun natural gas project in Wilaya de Adrar in southwestern Algeria, Energy Business Review reported.

The project has a maximum capacity of nearly 5 mcm/d. French energy major Total has a 37.75% stake, while  Sonatrach owns 51% of the field and Spanish oil and gas firm Cespa has a 11.25% stake. Cespa is responible for marketing all of the gas produced at the Timimoun field.

Gas will be extracted from the field through 37 wells, the GR5 pipeline transports it from the processing facility to local gas hub Hassi R’Mel.

With Sonatrach, Cepsa also operates the Rhourde el Krouf and Ourhoud oil fields in the Berkine basin in Algeria. Overall, the Algerian oil fields operated by Cepsa have a production over 130,000 barrels per day. Timimoun is the first natural gas field Cespa have worked on in the country.