Algeria’s gas output is steadily declining. While the country has plenty of projects in the pipeline, actually bringing them online is the real challenge. After Touat, the nearest planned new project will not start up until at least 2022.

It has taken almost 10 years from when development was first approved for Algeria to complete the 9.2bcm/y ‘Phase-1’ of its Southwest Gas Project (SWGP). Without the chronic delays, the new projects could have seen Algeria easily surpass...