Rabat is counting on Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s visit tomorrow to address a number of outstanding issues, including the situation in the occupied ports of Ceuta and Melilla and maritime borders, as well as the import of liquefied gas from “Madrid”. . In Morocco on a visit aimed at ending the diplomatic crisis between the two countries that has lasted more than two years.
Prior to the recent “rapprochement,” Rabat had asked the Spanish government to source LNG, which it buys on international markets, and ship it to a refinery in Spain, and then ship it to Morocco via the Maghreb gas pipeline. Leïla Benali, Minister for Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, pointed out that Morocco will enter the international liquefied natural gas market for the first time in the current month of Ramadan.
According to Spanish media, diplomatic sources have indicated that “the central government in Madrid has complied with Morocco’s request to receive a significant part of the liquefied gas prepared in Spain”. The Spanish Ministry of Environmental Transformation has agreed to this request and can hand over the ships with the gas extracted from Morocco to Spanish factories and transport it to the Kingdom via the Maghreb gas pipeline.
Spain is thus helping to solve the kingdom’s energy problems caused by the severing of diplomatic relations with Algeria and the subsequent announcement by that country that it would no longer supply Rabat with gas. with Spain in transit through Morocco, after his brief voyage to Algiers; The United States considers the reopening of this line impossible.
Morocco can buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) on international markets and then transport it to Spain, and the gas is expected to start transport through the Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline. Spain has six gas conversion plants out of twenty plants in Europe, followed by France with four plants and Italy with three. Spain imported 25% of its gas needs from Algeria, but that number has fallen since the Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline closed on November 1.
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