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Downstream

The Downstream activity is in charge of the development and exploitation of the natural gas liquefaction units, LPG separation and refining.
Through the Downstream activity, Sonatrach owns:

  • Four (04) LNG complexes, 3 in Arzew and 1 in Skikda, with a full production capacity of 44 billion m3 of LNG/year (the complex GL4/Z, previously Camel, has been shut down since April 2010)
  • Two (02) LPG complexes in Arzew, with a full production capacity of 10.4 million tons /year


Five (05)
refineries:

  • One (01) in Algiers, with a crude oil processing capacity of 2.7 million tons per year
  • One (01) in Skikda, with a crude oil processing capacity of 15 million tons per year
  • One (01) in Arzew, with a crude oil processing capacity of 2.5 million tons per year
  • One (01) in Hassi Messaoud, with a crude oil processing capacity of 1.1 million tons per year

A rehabilitation program  for the Northern refineries is underway aiming to increase capacities as follows:

  • Algiers Refinery from 2.7 to 3.45 million tons per year
  • Arzew Refinery from 2.5 to 3.8 million tons per year
  • Skikda Refinery from 15 to 16.5 million tons per year
  • A 5 million tons/year Condensate Topping Refinery in Skikda

Ongoing projects:

  • One (01) natural gas liquefaction train in Skikda with a capacity of 4.5 million tons (9.978 million cm/year of LNG)
  • One (01) natural gas liquefaction train in Arzew with a capacity of 4.7 million tons (10.484 million cm/year of LNG)

The development projects

  • The construction of 4 new refineries in the country:
  • a  5 million tons /year refinery in Biskra
  • a 5 million tons /year refinery in Tiaret
  • a 5 million tons /year refinery in Ghardaia
  • a 5 million tons /year refinery in Hassi Messaoud
  • A  4.5 million tons /year fuel oil conversion project in Skikda

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Situation as regards the Downstream Activity facilities and projects

Through the External Industrial Activities Sonatrach Holding, the Downstream activity is also in charge of the management of the whole non-hydrocarbons projects:

  • The exploitation project of El Abed zinc and lead mine in the wilaya of Tlemcen
  • The Isselfene South 1 and South 2, Seldrar and Idereski, gold bearing prospects exploitation project in the wilaya of Tamanrasset
  • The lead and zinc mines exploration project in the wilaya of Setif
  • The aluminum production complex in Beni Saf in the wilaya of Ain Temouchent
  • The exploration of lead and massive zinc in Guergour, in the wilaya of Setif
  • The exploitation project of copper and gold mines in Tifraouine in the wilaya of Ain Temouchent
  • The Uranium project of Timagouine, Abankor and Tinef (Hoggar)
  • The gold mines exploitation project of Amesmessa and Tirek in the wilaya of Tamanrasset
  • The giant iron deposit exploitation project of Gara Djebilet in the wilaya of Tindouf
  • The 13 seawater desalination plants through the AEC subsidiary: 02 operational plants (Algiers El Hamma plant - with a capacity of 200.000 m3/day and Arzew Kahrama plant - with a capacity of 90.000 m3/day), 10 plants under construction and 1 project under evaluation.
  • The projects of power generation stations in partnership with Sonelgaz