The two foreign operators of the In Salah gas development, the UK’s BP and Norway’s Statoil, have announced the planned withdrawal of their staff from the site after a terrorist attack on one of the facilities on the project in Krechba, 750 miles south of Algiers (MEES, 18 March).

The two companies will also withdraw their employees from their other main operation in Algeria, In Amenas, which itself was hit by a terrorist attack in January 2013 in which 40 workers were killed (...