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Environmental protection issues in Algerian oil and gas contracts



Safin I.R., Kuropatkin G.Yu. (Gazprom International, RF, St. Petersburg)

E-mail: isafin@yandex.ru

This paper addresses some legal regulatory aspects of environmental issues typically included into Algerian oil and gas exploration and production contracts. Russian companies active in foreign energy market are keenly looking at international experience with handling environmental law issues in oil and gas projects, in particular for Algeria, one of major global producers. The paper highlights the key underlying legal sources for this area, describes related regulators and their authority, and main laws governing the environmental concerns in the energy sector. Algerian aspects of environmental assessment statements, as integral part of such contracts, are given a better level of detail, coupled with water resources protection and use, gas flaring bans and constraints, well area and upstream infrastructure land reclamation, and specific taxes concerning the environment.

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