ALGERIA’S national oil company Sonatrach has awarded Italy’s Eni with three new onshore exploration permits in the south of the nation.

The three permits (El Guefoul, Tinerkouk and Terfas), issued by the national agency for the exploitation of hydrocarbon resources (Agence Nationale pour la Valorisation des Ressources en Hydrocarbures, ALNAFT), are valid for two years and cover a total area of 4.68 million hectares.

The work program includes studies and drilling of prospection wells to define the potential of the areas, located in the Timimoun and Oued Mya basins.