The Algerian government has continued its charm offensive to solidify its relationships with international oil companies (IOCs) in the aftermath of the shock replacement of the country’s energy minister in late May (MEES, 9 June). It has also officially inaugurated a major new gas pipeline to take gas to market from the southeast of the country.

Officials at state energy company Sonatrach met in early June with representatives of Italy’s Eni and Spain’s Repsol in an effort...