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The Algerian President orders a halt to the pumping of gas to Spain via Morocco

Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune ordered the cessation of gas pumping to Spain through Moroccan soil.

Tebboune also ordered Sonatrach to stop the relationship with the Moroccan Office of Electricity and Water, and not to renew the contract with the Moroccan company.

This decision came after President Abdelmadjid Tebboune received a report on the contract, which stipulates the granting of money to Morocco in exchange for the gas pipeline to Spain through Moroccan territory.

The contract expires today, October 31, at midnight.

Gas supply to Spain

And the Algerian News Agency had quoted Energy Minister Mohamed Arkab as saying on Wednesday that his country will fulfill all its commitments related to gas supplies to Spain and is ready to negotiate possible additional quantities

The agency quoted Arkab as saying after a meeting with his Spanish counterpart Teresa Ribera: “We assured our partners in Spain that all our supplies of natural gas to the contracted quantities with Sonatrach, we are committed to within the framework of the contracts concluded between Sonatrach and Spanish companies.”

He added, “We assured our Spanish partner that we are also ready to talk about the excess quantities,” and set a timetable for the delivery of all those quantities.

He stated that Algeria, the main supplier of gas to Spain, will supply supplies through the Medgas undersea pipeline, as well as LNG facilities.

Algeria plans to increase the capacity of the Medgaz pipeline, which connects it directly with Spain, to 10.5 billion cubic meters annually by the end of November, from eight billion cubic meters currently.

Algeria said it will not use the Maghreb-European pipeline that crosses Morocco when the contract expires on October 31.

Algeria cut diplomatic ties with Morocco in August and closed its airspace to Moroccan military and civil aviatio

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