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HASSI MESSAOUD, Algeria: After persuading oil majors to help explore Algeria's vast shale gas reserves, state energy firm Sonatrach has started reaching out to a different kind of partner: mystical Sufi preachers.Sonatrach CEO Abdel-Moumen Ould Kaddour and his colleagues have been courting Sunni Muslim Sufi masters from communities in areas near prospective southern gas fields to win over locals worried about possible disruption from exploration work.The state company brings Sufi preachers to meetings in the country's southern region, where most of Algeria's energy reserves lie and which is also home to more traditional communities, in order to explain prospects for jobs and other benefits.
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