Algeria is working hard to start 2016 on a more positive energy footing. This year’s top management changes at both the energy ministry and state-owned oil and gas giant Sonatrach have been disruptive, bringing further uncertainty to an already challenging environment given the oil price collapse, production problems and multi-year project delays. But new Sonatrach CEO Amine Mazouzi and his team have injected something of a sense of urgency with a more pragmatic approach.

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