An international symposium on the utilisation of natural gas in Arab countries has been held in Algeria.
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SV: Delegates listen to officials speeches
SV: Mr Mustapha Mekerba, Secretary General of the Algerian energy ministry speaking.
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GV: Delegates listening to Mr Mekerba speaking to conference
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Background: An international symposium on the utilisation of natural gas in Arab countries has been held in Algeria. The conference, in Algiers, was sponsored by the Organisation of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
SYNOPSIS: The three day conference studied some 15 papers on the technical aspects of gas exploitation. 170 delegates and observers representing 20 countries took part in the discussions.
Delegates from Algeria and the United Arab Emirates spoke about the marketing and price structure of natural gas.
The Secretary general of the Algerian Energy Ministry, Mustapha Mekerba, told the conference that nearly 18 percent of the world's gas reserves were located in Arab world. He said an increase in gas prices putting them in line with oil prices, was a necessity if Arab gas producers were to invest, improve explosion and reduce waste.