Illizi Province

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Illizi Province

ولاية اليزي
Map of Algeria highlighting Illizi
Map of Algeria highlighting Illizi
Coordinates: 26°29′N 8°28′E / 26.483°N 8.467°E / 26.483; 8.467Coordinates: 26°29′N 8°28′E / 26.483°N 8.467°E / 26.483; 8.467
Country Algeria
 • PPA presidentAbdelkader Benhoued
 • WāliBoualem Tiffour
 • Total285,000 km2 (110,000 sq mi)
 • Total52,333
 • Density0.18/km2 (0.48/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01 (CET)
Area Code+213 (0) 29
ISO 3166 codeDZ-33

Illizi (Arabic: ولاية اليزي‎) is a province (wilaya) in the south-eastern corner of Algeria named after its eponymous seat. It borders Ouargla Province to the north, Tunisia to the extreme northeast, Libya to the east, Niger to the southeast and Tamanrasset Province to the south and west. As of the 2008 census, the province had a population of 52,333 and an annual growth rate of 4.5%.[2]

Administrative divisions[edit]

The province is divided into 3 districts,[3] which are further divided into 6 communes or municipalities.


Illizi Province Districts.svg
  1. Djanet
  2. Illizi (district-municipality)
  3. In Aménas


  1. Bordj El Houasse
  2. Bordj Omar Driss
  3. Debdeb
  4. Djanet
  5. Illizi
  6. In Aménas

Natural resources[edit]

The area is rich in natural gas. One of the most promising sites for natural gas production is the Ain Tsila gas field in the Isarene permit, some 57% of which is owned by the Irish company Petroceltic International,[4] 18% by the Italian company Enel,[4] and the rest by the Algerian government-owned Sonatrach.[5] Reportedly, Petroceltic's 56.7% is worth between US$800 million and US$1 billion.[4]


  1. ^ "Présentation de la wilaya d'Illizi" (in French). Ministère Algérien de l'Intérieur et des collectivités locales. Archived from the original on 10 August 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Population: Illizi Wilaya" (PDF) (in French). Office National des Statistiques Algérie. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 November 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  3. ^ "The official journal of People's Democratic Republic of Algeria" (PDF). SGG Algeria. 1991: 1311. Retrieved 2007-11-06.
  4. ^ a b c Elder, Bryce; Neil Hume (28 April 2011). "Petroceltic sells Algerian project stake". Financial Times. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Petroceltic's INW-2 becomes fourth well to demonstrate commercial flow rates on Isarene permit, Alge". Proactive Investors. 2 February 2010. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011.