The Algerian state oil company demands 80 million euros from Técnicas Reunidas in the midst of a diplomatic crisis | Economy

A consortium formed by Neptune Energy and Sonatrach, the Algerian state oil company, has claimed 80 million euros from the Spanish Técnicas Reunidas as guarantees for the construction of a hydrocarbon complex in the North African country. This claim occurs in the midst of a diplomatic crisis between the two countries, after Algiers decided a few weeks ago to suspend the Treaty of Friendship signed with Spain nearly 20 years ago in retaliation for its support for Morocco’s autonomy plan for Western Sahara.

In October 2020, Técnicas Reunidas initiated a claim against the client of this project, the consortium of Neptune Energy and Sonatrach, to compensate for additional costs in the construction of the complex, which started a process that the company describes as “usual” in this class of contracts. These negotiations lasted during 2021 and 2022, but now, as explained by the Spanish engineering company to the National Securities Market Commission (CNMV), the “rareening” of the talks in Algeria during the second quarter of 2022 culminated on the 8th of June with the request by the client of the execution of guarantees of faithful performance for an amount of 80 million euros.

Técnicas Reunidas defends having tried to recover the talks that were taking place in recent years but assures that it has been “unsuccessful”, for which reason it warns that it may have to face the payment of this amount in the near future. However, the company has already initiated an arbitration to assert its rights under the contract and recover the costs incurred in excess, as well as other damages in which the actions of its client have injured it or may injure it in the future. The company recalls that the client began its operations in this plant in September 2019 and that in June 2020 it issued a provisional acceptance certificate in which it valued the performance of the Spanish company.

“Tecnicas Reunidas played a key role in allowing the first gas export and increasing activity to its maximum and I would like to thank them for their efforts in this work,” the consortium declared on June 26, 2020. The engineering firm was awarded this contract in August 2013 for 1,000 million dollars (950 million euros at current exchange rates), to develop new facilities in a hydrocarbon complex near the city of Adrar, located in the southwest of Algeria. The Touat Gaz project included the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of gas processing facilities with an estimated gas production capacity of 13 million cubic meters per day.

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