Algeria warned Spain this Wednesday that any diversion of exported gas “to a destination other than that specified in the agreement” would be in breach of the agreement, according to the Algerian Ministry of Mining and Energy.
The reference is understood as a direct reference to Morocco, a country with which Algeria’s bilateral relations are under great tension and with which Spain has signed a commitment to help the kingdom “re-gass” liquefied nature. gas (LNG transported by ship) and sends it back to Morocco via the currently unused Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline.
The information was provided by the official agency of the North African country. Algerian Minister of Mines and Energy Mohamed Arkab said in a statement that his Spanish colleague Teresa Ribera informed him today by e-mail of Spain’s decision to allow the Maghreb to be exploited in reverse traffic. Gas Pipeline (GME) “.
GME, which supplied gas from Algeria to Spain and Portugal via Morocco, was terminated in October 2021, when the 25-year contract expired, in full tension between Algeria and Morocco.
Algeria said that “the operation (requested by Spain for GME) will take place today or tomorrow [sexta-feira]”.
‘The quantities of Algerian natural gas supplied to Spain which are not destined for the contracts shall be considered to be in breach of the contractual obligations and may therefore lead to a breach of the contract binding on Sonatrach. [empresa petrolífera estatal da Argélia] to his Spanish customers, “he added.
Algeria is Spain’s main gas supplier, a key energy source at a time when the crisis in the Russia-Ukraine conflict has led the European Union (EU) to consider suspending gas purchases from Russia.