Morocco’s Energy Minister said the government is preparing port infrastructure for imports of liquefied natural gas to boost reserves after Algeria ended gas supplies through a pipeline.
Algiers and Rabat’s worsened relations that spanned over a year led to the expiration of a pipeline deal on October 31.
Algeria said it would supply Spain through a different pipeline and would no longer send gas to Morocco.
The infrastructure Leila Benali told members of parliament will help lower the cost of LNG imports for private operators.
Morocco’s local gas production is expected to reach 110 million cubic metres in 2021, while its annual consumption stands at 1 billion cubic metres. Most of it was once supplied by the halted pipeline.
Morocco’s natural gas needs would triple to 3 billion cubic metres by 2040 as the country looks to LNG to boost its low carbon transition and address the irregular supply of renewables, Benali said.