Algerian Output Unaffected by Earthquake

Algeria's oil exports and key production centers were not affected by Wednesday's earthquake, which measured 6.7 on the Richter scale. The epicenter of the quake was approximately 60 kilometers east of Algiers. It was nearest the port of Bejaia, but more than 200 kilometers from the oil export terminals at Skikda and Arzew. There has been no damage reported to any of the major loading ports or new southern oilfields. Algeria's oil and gas fields are situated in the southern interior but oil refining and exporting facilities are on the Mediterranean coast.

Production at joint-venture oilfields Ourhoud and Hassi Berkine in the southeastern that produce more than 500,000 bpd, has continued uninterrupted, partners Cepsa and Anadarko Petroleumsaid. "As far as we know there has been no disruption to any of our operations, or the pipelines or ports," an Anadarko spokewoman in London said.

A spokesman for Amerada Hess also said that the earthquake did not appear to have hit its 15,000 bpd El-Gassi field, which is also in the south. The rest of Algeria's up to 1.2 million bpd of crude oil production is from Sonatrach, most of it from the south-central Hassi Massoud field.