Algeria: Regime threatens to scrap gas contract with Spain amid tensions with Morocco

Source: France 24 [French state media]

“Gas giant Algeria threatened Wednesday to break a contract to supply gas to Spain if Madrid transferred it onwards to ‘a third destination,’ amid tensions with regional rival Morocco. Algeria’s state-owned energy giant Sonatrach supplied more than 40 percent of Madrid’s natural gas imports in 2021, most of which was supplied directly through the 750-kilometre (465-mile) Medgaz deepwater pipeline. Algeria, Africa’s largest gas exporter, previously also supplied gas through a second GME (Gaz Maghreb Europe) pipeline, which links Spain to Algeria via Morocco. But Algiers in November shut supply through the GME due to a diplomatic rupture with Rabat, depriving Morocco of Algerian gas.” (04/28/22)