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Spain is already sending gas to Morocco after both countries activated the Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline in the middle of the NATO summit

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Spain is already sending gas through the straits to Morocco, coinciding with the NATO summit in Madrid, after both countries activated the Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline, which was shut down by Algeria late last year.

Specifically, according to the Enagás website, there are already gas flows to Morocco through Tarifa, which means that the gas pipeline has been reopened in the opposite direction for the first time since yesterday.

According to industry sources consulted by Europa Press, there is a comprehensive procedure in place to ensure that not a single molecule of gas enters Morocco from Algeria and that the connection operates in accordance with European Union regulations, just like the existing interconnections with France and Portugal .

Last week Morocco announced that in the next few days it will conclude its first contract for the purchase of liquefied natural gas (LNG) on the international market, which will then be regasified in Spain according to the agreement reached between the two governments following the closure of the gas pipeline through Algeria, which supplied the Iberian Peninsula through Alawite territory.

This was announced by the Minister for Energy Transition, Leila Benali, in the Moroccan Parliament, according to the local press. “We have received dozens of offers from international operators in the sector,” said the minister, expecting “the deal to be finalized this week or next”.

The Spanish government announced in early February that it had agreed to Morocco’s request to regasify LNG at existing facilities in Spain and send it back to the neighboring country via the Maghreb Europe Gas Pipeline (GME), which Algeria closed in November.

In late April, Algeria threatened Spain with terminating the gas supply deal if part of it ended in Morocco, a country with which it severed ties in August after being officially notified by the government that it was rescinding the deal would expire the GME. The executive then assured Algiers that Morocco will only receive the LNG regasified in Spain, in no case gas of Algerian origin.

Source europapress.es

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