Wintershall Dea continues to strengthen its presence in Algeria. As of 4 May, the company has entered into a sale and purchase agreement to acquire Edison’s 11.25% participating interest in the Reggane Nord natural gas project. After the transaction is closed, the consortium Groupement Reggane Nord (GRN), operator of the project, will comprise Sonatrach (40%), Wintershall Dea (30.75%) and Repsol (29.25%).Algeria has significant energy potential. The country is the third largest exporter of gas to Europe, after Russia and Norway; and is the largest natural gas producer in Africa. Algeria is a prime candidate for an enhanced energy partnership with Europe, particularly at this critical time. Located just across the Mediterranean, the country has well developed infrastructure connections to Europe. These include two subsea gas pipelines and LNG facilities at two locations. In the long term, the country has major potential for climate-friendly hydrogen, solar and wind power, and carbon capture and storage.The transaction is subject, among others, to customary authority approvals.