Petrofac in Africa


We are supporting the energy industry in Algeria by developing the most significant oil and gas assets, backing the nationalisation agenda, and training the workforce of tomorrow.

Two decades of excellence in project delivery

We have opened our first office in Algiers in 1997 and have since developed some of the country’s most significant energy assets. The Algiers office is supplemented by a busy operations hub and a construction training centre in Hassi Messaoud, in addition to our project sites. Depending on the nature and stage of our projects, we typically employ more than 800 people in Algeria, more than half of whom are Algerian nationals.



Including ongoing assignments



Local people trained in our Hassi Messaoud centre

Supply chain


Purchase and service orders from Algerian vendors (last five years)

Whether we were supporting energy sector leaders – the Algerian national oil company Sonatrach, bp, and Equinor – in the development of two of the largest gas fields in the country (In Salah and In Amenas) or teaming up with peers to boost natural gas production and remove CO2 from gas reserves at Tirnhert, our approach in Algeria is centred around helping create a workforce to best serve strategic projects and continue to create as much local value as possible.

Explore the timeline below to find out more about our journey in Algeria.

Creating local value and helping power the energy of change

From the early days of our first project in Algeria we’ve nurtured strong relationships with the local communities, invested in the development of local people, and were committed to stimulating the local economy.

In addition to the approximately 800 people we employ in Algeria, more than half of whom are Algerian nationals, several thousand more people are generally employed on Petrofac-led projects through our sub-contractors with the number of Algerian nationals as high as 85%.
As well as employing local people, we continue to invest heavily in their training and development. We designed, built, and operate the Hassi Messaoud Construction Skills Training Centre, with the capacity to deliver skills-based training to 400 delegates annually. A five-year development plan is set to deliver additional modules, third-party certification, and management training for supervisors.

We also nurture and develop local supply chains. In the past five years, 5,300 purchase orders were placed with Algerian vendors and service providers, with an in-country spend of US$642 million, while some 60% of goods and services are typically sourced from locally based suppliers and subcontractors.

Active contributor to the local community

Our local delivery model and our desire to be seen as an Algerian business is further strengthened through our care for the community in which we operate. Through the years, we employed our expertise, relied on our people, and utilised our global presence to help on the local level. Be it importing and distributing oxygen concentrators or helping with the vaccination programmes during COVID-19, or acting locally to improve hospitals, schools, airports, and places of prayer in municipalities and villages, we have made donations and completed numerous initiatives aimed at bettering the lives of local people.