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Sonatrach's rights, the Pouvoir truce and military grumbles

This month, Cross-border Information’s Algeria energy report has been looking at the vast quantity of exploration rights that Sonatrach has amassed and the extent to which this is a reaction to the lack of international upstream investment. We have also taken a detailed look at Alnaft’s recent decision to upgrade its rights over exploration data from expired licences while reducing the rights of its partners. Both issues are relevant to companies looking at the current licensing round. 

Our Algeria political report looks at the Pouvoir truce.  Clearly it is temporary and mudslinging will resume after the presidential election. We look at some of the underlying tensions and also consider some of the risks inherent in conducting a campaign in which the leading candidate is represented by a photograph.
Our security report discusses dissatisfaction in the military.  We have heard that strikes were threatened in March. We also question whether the authorities can control illegal border crossings and smuggling in and around Djanet and assess rumours that the military are considering establishing a seventh military wilaya in Illizi to improve security in the region.
These reports are available to subscribers on a monthly or annual basis. 
We also believe that the second edition of Algeria’s Energy Future is the best written guide available for anyone looking to get up to speed on the  issues that really matter in the country. It contains the best map we have ever produced on Algeria's licence areas, infrastructure and fields. It illustrates our current observations on Sonatrach really well. 
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