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The contribution of mining to total exports in 2010 amounted to 4.1%
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- Algeria Image-3 Djebel Amour (Algeria), in the Southern part of the Atlas mountain range, approximately 50 km west of Laghouat
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- Online Landsat TM images at Cornell University from northern Algeria and Morocco.
- Tifernine Dune Field, southernmost part of the Grand Erg Oriental (number 3 on link page).
- Index Dehin: Located also within 150 km from Tamanrasset with preliminary results of 2000 tons of fluorite.
- Abu Dhabi state-owned conglomerate Moubadala Development Company and Dubai Aluminium (Dubal), will hold a majority stake of 70% and Sonatrach and Sonelgaz, two state-owned companies, 30%, in the biggest aluminium plant in North Africa. Under the terms of the contract, which has been concluded as a partnership agreement, the project will be developed near Beni Saf in the region of Ain Temouchent. The project should take about four years to complete, with the plant set to be operational by 2011. Plans also call for the construction of a thermal plant with a 2000MW capacity, a water desalination plant as well as a harbour capable of dealing with 1,75 million tonnes of raw materials per year.
- GMA Resources plc (LSE: GMA.L) owned a 52% controlling interest, through ENOR spa, in the Tirek Gold mine and exploration project which includes Amesmessa mine. Tirek has an estimated 512 000 t (152 000 t open-pit) at 21 g/t Au, the Tiririne-Harane project 481,000 t at a grade of 17.0 g/t Au. GMA Resources said on January 7, 2008, that it had begun leaching operations at its Amesmessa gold mine, and that first commercial production of the yellow metal was on track for the second quarter of 2008. [more] In 2012 GMA advised its Joint Venture partner Sonatrach that it wishes to withdraw from the joint venture due to falling gold grades and poor exploration results at the Amesmessa Gold Mine within the Tirek-Amesmessa Concession in south west Algeria, the operation is managed by ENOR Spa. The joint venture is GMA Resources only asset and currently GMA is actively looking for a new project.
- ENOR is an Algerian company established under the Algerian law, which operates two gold mines (Tirek and Amesmessa). Their main shareholder is the Algerian oil company SONATRACH. ENOR’s mines are located at about 450 km south - west of Tamanrasset and has a mining license with a total area of 105 850 hectares. This permit covers a significant shear zone of several kilometer's length. It links the Archean basement to the Proterozoic formations. Discovered in 1975, the Amesmessa gold deposit is represented by of veins extending over approximately 12 km North-South. The main veins 8 and 9 of this deposit as well as other satellite veins have been mined in open pits since 2006, in partnership with a foreign partner. The Amesmessa mine is currently in production and approximately 3.7 tons of gold were produced by the Heap Leach. The Tirek mine, however, is not currently operating and is awaiting for studies to be completed The deposit will need underground operations and a new CIL plant.
- Cancor Mines Inc's four Algerian properties are located in the Hoggar region, in the Sahara, 2,000 kms to the south of Algiers. They are located in a very favourable geological environment, similar to that of the Greenstone belt of Abitibi, and contain abundant gold mineralization at or near the surface, making it possible to consider extraction via open pit. The Kiouène gold field comprises 80 quartz veins, of which 25 are auriferous. The auriferous veins are made up of dark gray quartz containing pyrite, hematite, chalcopyrite, galena and native gold. The width of the auriferous veins varies between 0.1 and 0.5 m and their length is generally less than 200 meters. The grade is highly variable with a maximum reported value of 196.4 g/t Au..
- Shaolin, a Chinese company, has two mining exploration contracts in Setif province, 350 km east of Algiers, and in the southern province of Tamanrasset, 2000 km from Algiers
- State Oil Company: Sonatrach.
- Amerada Hess.
- Agip (ENI).
- P.E.D.R. Algeria Limited (Petroleum Exploration Data Recovery (Algeria) Limited) is an Algerian company focusing on providing an appropriate link between old E&P data and today's new interpretation technology.
- Tullow Oil (exploration and development activities in Algeria).
- Algerian Ministry of Energy and Mines (Hydrocarbons).
- Oil production: 1.373 million bbl/day (2005 est.)
- Oil exports: 1.127 million bbl/day (2004 est.)
- Oil proved reserves: 11 billion bbl (2006 est.)
- Natural gas production: 80.15 billion cu m (2004 est.)
- Natural gas exports: 60.87 billion cu m (2004 est.)
- Natural gas proved reserves: 4.545 trillion cu m (1 January 2005 est.)
- Sonatrach operates the largest oil field in Algeria, Hassi Messaoud. Located in the center of the country, Hassi Messaoud produced around 440,000 bbl/d of crude in 2006, and Sonatrach hopes to increase production at the field to 600,000 bbl/d over the next few years. Sonatrach also operates the Hassi R'Mel field (north of Hassi Messaoud, south of Algiers), which produces around 180,000 bbl/d of crude. Other major fields operated by Sonatrach include Tin Fouye Tabankort Ordo, Zarzaitine, Haoud Berkaoui/Ben Kahla, and Ait Kheir.
- Foreign oil operators have steadily increased their share of Algeria's oil production. The largest foreign oil producer is Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, with total production capacity of 500,000 bbl/d. The company operates the Hassi Berkine South and Ourhound fields in eastern Algeria, with combined output of around 450,000 bbl/d. As of the fourth quarter 2006, Anadarko netted 62,000 bbl/d of oil from the fields based on its ownership percentage in the project. Anadarko is developing seven new oil and natural gas fields in Block 208 of the Berkine Basin; first production from the fields (EKT, El Merk, El Merk N, El Merk E, El Merk C, El Kheit, and El Tessekha) is possible by 2008, with output eventually reaching 150,000-200,000 bbl/d of crude oil and condensate.
- Eni operates (among others) the Rhourde Oulad Djemma (ROD) project in south eastern Algeria, a series of six satellite fields that have production capacity of 80,000 bbl/d.
- Additional foreign investors include Amerada Hess, BHP-Billiton, BP, Repsol, Shell, Statoil and Total.
- In 2005, Algeria held its sixth licensing round for foreign development of oil and natural gas reserves. A total of 54 companies showed interest in the ten blocks being offered. Companies that won exploration rights included BP (winning three concessions), BHP-Billiton (winning two concessions), Shell (winning two concessions), and the UAE-US joint venture Gulf Keystone Petroleum Ltd (winning two concessions). In mid-2007, the Algerian government wass expected to begin the country’s seventh licensing round.
- The large phosphate deposits at Djebel Onk in the northeast have been mined since the early 1960s; phosphate rock output reached 1.3 million tons in 1988. The total was almost evenly divided between export (primarily to France and Spain) and local consumption or processing at the Annaba fertilizer plant, approximately 350 kilometers away. In 2008 Algeria launched an ambitious programme to make the country one of the world's leading producers of phosphate. Under the scheme, Algeria's main iron ore and phosphate mining company, Ferphos, is to expand both its mining and processing capacities. The programme, backed by both the ministry of mining and the ministry of industry and investment promotion, aims to see Algeria become the third largest phosphate producer in the world by 2020, after the US and China. Officials project that by 2020, Algeria will be producing up to 30m tonnes of phosphate annually, bringing in export earnings of between $7 and $8bn a year. Algeria's phosphate reserves, currently estimated at some 2bn tonnes, are enough to keep the industry operating at its proposed capacity for more than 65 years.
- Abankor (Vein deposit)
- Daira (Vein deposit)
- Tahaggar (Sandstone basal channel deposit)
- Timgaouine (Vein deposit)
- Tinef (Vein deposit).
- Landmark Minerals Inc is involved in a legal dispute with the government over validity of prospecting rights at Timgaouine and Asseo in southern Algeria.
- Sociéte Algérienne du Zinc (State) operates the Ghazaouet zinc mine and refinery in the northwest of Algeria. It is producing 30,000 t per year.
- Terramin Australia Ltd has a 65% interest in the Oued Amizour zinc project, in the north of Algeria, 270 km east of Algiers and 10 km south of the port city of Bejaia. The state corporation ENOF (Entreprise Nationale des Produits Miniers non ferreux et des Substances Utiles) is the joint venture partner. Initial drilling confirmed the potential of the Tala Hamza Zn-Pb depositTerramin reported high-grade zinc drilling assays from the Tala Hamza deposit in April, 2007. The Oued Amizour Zinc Project is 100% owned by the Algerian Company Western Mediterranean Zinc Spa (WMZ). Terramin has a 65% shareholding in WMZ, the remaining 35% is held by two Algerian government owned companies; ENOF and ORGM The project centres on the 68 million tonne Tala Hamza deposit and contains several lead-zinc prospects with the potential for more discoveries on the project area. The Oued Amizour permit area covers 125 square kilometres and includes a number of potential prospects for lead-zinc. The most important is the Tala Hamza deposit which is soon to be in development and is open down dip and laterally. Tala Hamza is a significant project with the potential to be one of the top ten zinc mines in the world based on annual production. Capital costs for the development will be low compared to other similar sized projects due to proximity of existing infrastructure
- U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 2202-A: Total Petroleum Systems of the Illizi Province, Algeria and Libya -- Tanezzuft-Illizi (by T.R. Klett).
- U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 2202-B: Total Petroleum Systems of the Grand Erg/Ahnet Province, Algeria and Morocco -- The Tanezzuft-Timimoun, Tanezzuft-Ahnet, Tanezzuft-Sbaa, Tanezzuft-Mouydir, Tanezzuft-Benoud, and Tanezzuft Béchar/Abadla (by T.R. Klett).
- U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 2202-C: Total Petroleum Systems of the Trias/Ghadames Province, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya -- The Tanezzuft-Oued Mya, Tanezzuft-Melrhir, and Tanezzuft-Ghadames (by T.R. Klett).
- Sedimentology and chemostratigraphy of the Cambro-Ordovician of the Saharan Platform (Algeria) and sedimentology, magnetostratigraphy and chemostratigraphy of Triassic (Algeria) by Nordine Sabaou.
- Information about the geology department at the Université Badji Mokhtar, Annaba, Algeria.
- Information about the geology department at the Université d-Oran Es Senia, Algeria.
- Eustatic and Palaeogeographic Control on the Aures Basin Upper Cretaceous Sedimentation (Algeria).
- Tanezzuft-Benoud structural/stratigraphic assessment Unit 20580501 (USGS World Petroleum Assessment 2000 - description and results).
- DinoData Algeria: information on dinosaur fossils found within Algeria.
- The Hoggar swell and volcanism, Tuareg shield, Central Sahara: intraplate reactivation of Precambrian structures as a result of Alpine convergence (Jean-Paul Liegeois, Africa Museum, B-3080 Tervuren, Belgium).Commercial geological studies
- North African petroleum exploration data, digitised and enhanced by PEDR (Algeria) Ltd (Boumerdès).
- Regional study of Devonian hydrocarbon reservoirs in Algeria, by IFP.
- Mining Industry in Algeria.
- Manfred Hauptmann International Geological Consulting: Algerian petroleum systems, facies analysis, sequence stratigraphy, palaeogeography.
- Exploration data / reports offered by First Exchange.
- Office National de Recherche Géologique et Minière.
- Geology of the petroleum provinces in Algeria (Ministere de l'Energie et des Mines).
- Algerian Ministry of Energy and Mining: information on hydrocarbons.
- Ghadames Basin: a comprehensive, up-to-date study of the geology, hydrocarbon habitat and future exploration potential of the Ghadames Basin of western Libya, eastern Algeria and southern Tunisia. A report by ECL in conjunction with Adil Jawzi and Associates. Study outline and report contents available to download.
- Geological bibliography of Algeria: a recent bibliography of papers related to the geology of Algeria, including links to abstracts of more recent papers.