Laila Benali unveils Morocco’s progress in energy field

Morocco’s Energy minister, Leila Benali said her department is negotiating two contracts for 5 to 10 years of steady LNG supply.

Benali spoke in a recent Interview with specialized “Taqaa” Platform on energy developments in Morocco, including natural gas discoveries, and a new energy transition strategy.

Morocco has already secured US LNG on the international market which should lessen the shortage that resulted from Algier’s decision to cut its tap earlier this year.

The first cargo of LNG from the United States destined for Morocco was unloaded at the regasification plant in Bilbao before being sent to Morocco on July via the GME in the opposite direction.

Benali recalled the importance of LNG in the operation of the Tehadart and Ain Bani Mathar power stations, which were previously closed for non-renewal of the Algerian gas transit agreement through Moroccan territory.

The minister indicated that between 2009 and 2021, the demand for electric energy in the Kingdom increased by 62%, while it recorded during the first 6 months of this year an increase of 5.8%, compared to the same period last year.

Since 2009, the Kingdom of Morocco has adopted a national energy strategy based mainly on the adoption of a sustainable approach and strengthening international commitments despite the challenges faced in the energy sector.

Benali explained that the pace in the electric field has increased within the rural electrification program, as 627 roundabouts (14,688 homes) will be electrified, at a total cost of nearly 500 million dirhams ($46.9 million), which will raise the rate of rural electrification to 99.95%. year 2025.

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