Algeria's In Amenas gas plant to resume partial output -source

ALGIERS Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:56pm IST

A gas field is seen near Zarzaitine in In Amenas,1,600km (994 miles) southeast of Algiers January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

A gas field is seen near Zarzaitine in In Amenas,1,600km (994 miles) southeast of Algiers January 22, 2013.

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ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria's Tiguentourine gas plant near the town of In Amenas will partially resume output in the next few days, but a full return to production is not expected for a month, a source at operator Sonatrach told Reuters.

"A partial not a full production is possible in the next few days, but we need more or less a month to resume full production," the source, who asked not to be named, said on Thursday.

Algeria's national oil and gas company Sonatrach has estimated it is losing $11 million a day from the shutdown of the In Amenas plant, which was taken over by al Qaeda-linked fighters last week.

(Reporting by Lamine Chikhi; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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