In late 2013, Algeria and Qatar signed a collaboration agreement. The first and perhaps most important milestone will be the construction of the Bellara steel complex in Jijel, Algeria. Algerian Qatari Steel (AQS) is responsible for the management and ownership of the complex. The complex is spread over an area of 216 hectares and in the first phase (from 2017) will count on a direct reduction plant, two steel melting shops and three rolling mills, together with all the necessary auxiliary plants. Production capacity is expected to gradually increase, supplemented with flat product and reaching an output of five million tons of steel by 2019. BUTEC and Spain-based contractor, ELECNOR, have been awarded a $180 million deal by Algerian Qatari Steel for the execution of the Balance of Plant (BoP) package over a period of 30 months. This contract involves the construction of concrete utility buildings and steel-structure utility buildings. It also includes setting up concrete foundations as well as pipe racks and related electrical and piping works.