Latest production figures from Norway’s Statoil released 4 May indicate that output from Algeria’s In Amenas gas fields rose to 789mn cfd in Q1. This marks an 85% increase from Q4 and is the highest level since before a terrorist attack struck the plant in January 2013 (see chart 1).

The attack, by far the deadliest to hit Algeria’s oil and gas industry, killed 40 people, and left the plant shuttered for five weeks (MEES, 18 January 2013). Whilst the second of the...