Sonatrach is looking sprightly in its downstream strategy, at least outside of Algeria.

Algeria’s Sonatrach this week announced the completion of the expansion of its Algiers (Sidi Rezine) refinery, which takes throughout capacity from 2.7mn t/y to 3.6mn t/y (59,000 b/d to 79,000 b/d). The project was troubled from the start, with current Sonatrach chief executive Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour saying that the expansion “should never have happened… Doing up such a dilapidated...