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Following a provisional award in August, Petrofac, leading a consortium with Genie Civil et Batiment (GCB), has signed an engineering, procurement and construction contract with Sonatrach for the Tinrhert EPC2 Development Project

The contract, signed at an official ceremony in Algiers, is valued at approximately US$300mn, with Petrofac’s share around US$200mn.

Located in Alrar, around 1,500 kms southeast of Algiers, the project will provide a new central processing facility (CPF) with inlet separation and decarbonisation units. The scope of work also includes tie-ins to the existing Alrar Separation and Boosting Facilities, along with commissioning, start-up and performance testing. When completed, the development will boost natural gas production and remove CO2 from the field’s gas reserves, within specifications for the global market, enabling further economic growth in Algeria.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Petrofac and Sonatrach’s Algerian Petroleum Institute (IAP) was also signed at the ceremony. The collaboration is designed to build local capability in support of Algeria’s nationalisation objectives.

The partnership will modernise training schools, construct new facilities, and provide training and competence management solutions for local engineers. In addition, operations and maintenance training programmes will be implemented for both local and regional markets. The MOU also encompasses the development and rollout of e-learning resources.