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Algeria: Political concerns dampen upstream mood

Key upstream partners are making bullish noises about their Algerian operations, but a call by judicial authorities to reopen investigations into historic accusations of malfeasance at state energy giant Sonatrach threatens to undermine confidence (see View). Italian major Eni has been anxious to secure long-term contracts and reiterate its commitment to Algerian business after ex-president Abdelaziz Bouteflika left office. Gas supply deals were signed in June with Portuguese buyer Galp and Sonatrach’s largest Italian client, Enel.

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