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Morocco secures its gas supplies

Written by Gérard Tur on Thursday, December 2nd 2021 à 16:30 | Read 539 times

Deprived of Algerian gas, Morocco signs an LNG supply contract with Sound Energy.

Algerian gas no longer supplies Morocco. Photo DR
Algerian gas no longer supplies Morocco. Photo DR
MOROCCO/ALGERIA. In a press release published on 30 November, the British company Sound Energy announced the signing of an agreement with ONEE (Moroccan National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water) to supply gas from the Tendrara field (eastern Morocco).

The kingdom is thus providing a partial response to the Algerian decision of 31 October 2021 to stop supplying it with liquefied natural gas (LNG) via the Maghreb Europe pipeline, which also serves Spain and Portugal. Algeria used to export ten billion cubic metres per year through the GME, one billion of which was destined for Morocco. The kingdom was thus brutally deprived of 97% of its gas imports.

The contract provides for the delivery of three hundred and fifty million cubic metres of LNG over a decade. It will transit through the Maghreb Europe pipeline.

Faced with the concerns of Spain and Portugal, Algeria assured that its deliveries to Europe would go through the Medgaz submarine pipeline or be transported by LNG tankers. Mohamed Arkab, Algerian Minister of Energy, also said that his country could even increase the quantities of gas exported to Europe, if the latter requested it.

Algeria produces 130 billion cubic metres of gas per year and converts 30 billion cubic metres into LNG.

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