PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Ltd. (PTTEP) started Phase 1 production at the Algeria Hassi Bir Rekaiz project, onshore People's Democratic Republic of Algeria.
Development of the oilfield cluster began in March 2019 (OGJ Online, Mar. 20, 2019). The production target is 13,000 b/d. In Phase 2, production capacity will ramp up to about 50,000-60,000 b/d in 2026-2027.
The project, in the eastern part of Algeria, contains Blocks 443a, 424a, 414ext, and 415ext. PTTEP and partners found oil and gas in 10 out of 11 exploration wells drilled in the 1,916-sq-km area during 2013-16 (OGJ Online, Aug. 19, 2016).
PTTEP is operator (49%) with consortium partner SONATRACH (51%).