Algeria Energy Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Industry & Mining from The Report: Algeria 2018

The industrial sector is seen as having potential to drive economic diversification and reduce the import bill. In addition to heavy industrial subsectors such as steel and cement, pharmaceuticals, agri-business and automotive manufacturing hold promise in becoming key exporters. For the sector as a whole, and particularly for small businesses, investment in logistics and transport capacities...

Algeria is a key producer of hydrocarbons in Africa, ranking first in gas output and among the top three for oil. It depends on the sector for the majority of government revenue and nearly all exports. Despite reforms to encourage private sector development, promote diversification and attract FDI, the state plays a preponderant role, meaning that changes to government expenditure and investment continue to have a large impact on economic performance.

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Despite being a major oil producer, Algeria is a net fuel importer and is thus in the paradoxical position of being rich in hydrocarbons but lacking in refined products. It is currently in the process of developing its refining operations in order to satisfy domestic fuel demand, which has grown steadily since the 2000s.

 

As oil output declines and fields mature, state-owned Sonatrach is relying more on Algeria’s extensive gas reserves to maintain exports while meeting growing domestic demand, with gas the focus of its SH2030 Leading the Change transformation strategy. There are two unconventional and offshore exploration wells planned for 2019, seven for 2020...

 

What are the main characteristics of the national environmental strategy up to 2030?

 

In November 2018 the government released a new series of tenders for electricity production from renewable sources. A total of 200 MW of solar capacity is available for development, of which 150 MW can be bid on by international independent power producers (IPPs) in partnership with local firms, while 50 MW are reserved for state-owned...

 

How would you assess the potential of the upstream segment in the medium term?

 

How can innovation help to boost high-potential manufacturing segments?