Sonatrach is the largest oil and gas company in Algeria and Africa. The company operates in exploration, production, pipeline transportation and marketing of hydrocarbons and by products. Sonatrach stepped up investments in power generation, new and renewable energies, water desalination, and mining exploration and exploitation. With a turnover nearing $56,1 billion in 2010, Sonatrach is ranked first company in Africa and 12th in the world. It is also 4th world LNG exporter, 3rd world LPG exporter and 5th World Natural gas exporter.
The Upstream activity includes the hydrocarbons research, exploration, development and production operations. The Pipeline Transportation Activity provides for the delivery of hydrocarbons (crude oil, natural gas, LPG and condensate) through a pipelines network. The Downstream activity is in charge of the development and exploitation of the natural gas liquefaction units, LPG separation and refining.