Algeria’s government owned energy company, Sonatrach, has announced plans to start producing gas from six new gas fields, with initial plans to drill four shale gas wells in 2014 in the basins of Ahnet (south of In Salah) and Illizi, according to an Algeria Press Service report.

“Sonatrach aims to renew oil and gas reserves of the country by mobilizing $102 billion of investment by 2018, 60% of which will be used primarily for the exploration and the production of hydrocarbons,” the report said.

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