Morocco secures electricity supply, following Algeria’s decision not to renew Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline deal

The National Offices of Hydrocarbons and Electricity, ONHYM and ONEE, said in a joint statement Sunday evening that Morocco has secured continued supply of electricity, following a decision by Algeria not to renew the Maghreb- Europe gas pipeline agreement. to stop supplying gas to Morocco via

 

The pipeline used to cover about ten percent of Morocco’s energy demand.

 

“Knowing the nature of Morocco’s neighborhood, and in anticipation of this decision, necessary arrangements have been taken to ensure the continuity of the country’s supply of electricity,” said the statement.

Other options are under consideration to secure sustainable, medium and long-term alternatives, the statement added.

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune ordered on Sunday the state-owned energy company Sonatrach to abstain from renewing the contract for the 13.5 billion cubic-meter (bmc) gas pipeline that’s been supplying gas to Morocco and Spain for 25 years.

 

The decision “will currently have little impact on the performance of the national electricity system,” said the ONHYM and ONEE in the joint statement.

 

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