No. 27



Sonatrach To Explore Offshore Oran

Algerias state-owned Sonatrach has been authorized to explore for oil in blocks 143 and 144B off the coast of Oran in western Algeria, according to a ministerial decree published in the Official Gazette on 6 June. Sonatrach will undertake a minimum program of work during the two-year exploration permit. The move to explore Algerias western offshore follows the conclusion by Sonatrach in October 2000 of a seven-year deal with...