Statoil: Limited Gas Production Has Restarted at In Amenas in Algeria

LONDON - The In Amenas gas plant in Algeria that was attacked by Islamist terrorists in January restarted limited production Friday, said Norway's Statoil ASA, one of the facility's joint operators, in a statement Saturday.

"Production from the plant's train 1 was started up following a detailed review of technical integrity, security, and other conditions," said Statoil in a statement on its website. "The remaining two production trains were damaged during the terror attack, and will not be put onstream until it is safe to do so."

The plant will be operated by Algerian state oil company Sonatrach during the start-up phase and, "Statoil and BP staff will not yet be redeployed, but technical specialists will provide support when needed, in line with strict security procedures established for short-term visits," Statoil said.

"Statoil is currently in a close dialogue with Algerian authorities, Sonatrach and BP about the necessary conditions for full production and a redeployment of staff," it said. Both companies withdrew many non-essential staff from Algeria after the terror attack, which killed 40 people.

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