No mediators designated to resolve Tunis-Rabat conflict
Morocco denounced Tunis for having invited Sahrawi President Brahim Ghali to an international conference. Tunis has yet to name an adviser to manage the diplomatic crisis.
Morocco's energy minister Leila Benali is planning a complete overhaul of the country's gas supply arrangements in the wake Russia's war on Ukraine. She is even prepared to jettison certain projects that have already been launched, such as the floating gas facility in Mohammedia.
Rabat and Madrid have completed their preparations to reverse the flow of gas in the Maghreb-Europe Gas Pipeline, enabling Morocco to receive gas from Spain. It is still not known, however, which company will supply Morocco's gas to Spain's reception terminals.
Numerous global gas giants, as well as local leaders Nareva and Afriquia Gaz, are still waiting on Leila Benali to make her decision on a tender launched in October. But as gas prices skyrocket, the Moroccan energy minister is looking to get the timing right.
The sharp increase in European gas prices resulting from the Russian-Ukrainian war has raised questions over Morocco's plans to import gas from Spain now that it is no longer taking gas from Algeria. Rabat has slowed plans to reverse gas flows between Morocco and Spain and install a floating barge.
The Chinese state construction giant and its subsidiary CRBC, in association with the Wison group, hope to snag the contract to build Morocco's first floating regasification unit (FSRU). The unit will allow the kingdom to import gas by ship, after Algeria shut down the GME pipeline.
Shortly before becoming prime minister, Aziz Akhannouch launched a major wind power project in Dakhla, Western Sahara. To create this 200MW wind farm, his company Green of Africa, co-owned with the banker Othman Benjelloun, has embarked on an ambitious project with Belgian-Dutch company Windvision.
Antonio Basolas, the Spanish company's boss, met Amina Benkhadra, Morocco's top official for hydrocarbons and mines, in Rabat to discuss the future of the Maghreb Europe gas pipeline. The project is under threat following the recent rift between Algeria and Morocco.
The break on 24 August in diplomatic relations between Morocco and Algeria came in the midst of talks on the renewal of the Maghreb Europe gas pipeline (MEG) contract, a key project for both countries which may well survive the crisis.