ALGIERS- The first Algerian LNG carriers arrived in southern Spain 15 days after the stopping of the Maghreb-Europe pipeline passing through Morocco, as the Algerian authorities pledged to supply Spain with additional quantities of liquefied natural gas.
In this context, a report by Canal Sur (Spanish Southern TV) stated that a giant Algerian LNG tanker docked, a few days ago, in the port of Huelva in the south of the Kingdom, to supply the country with quantities of liquefied gas.
The report pointed out that the Algerian gas tanker had unloaded its cargo at the port of Huelva, where the second largest station in the country is located to convert liquefied gas from a liquid to a gaseous state, before being directed to the production of electricity.
The Algerian liquefied natural gas tanker “Al-Wakrata” is considered the largest in the fleet of the “Hybrok” company, a branch of the national hydrocarbon company “Sonatrach”, with a capacity of 171,800 cubic meters, a length of 291.5 meters, and a crew of 32 people.
For reference, the fleet of “Hybrok” company, Sonatrach branch, has 6 LNG carriers, “Al-Warqata”, “Tessala”, “Lalla Fatima N’Soumer”, “Abbane Ramdane”, “Cheikh Bouamama” and “Cheikh Al-Mokrani”.
In total, the tonnage of the six tankers of the Sonatrach fleet (Hybrok) is 765 thousand and 177 cubic meters, not counting the chartered tankers that can be resorted to or the tankers of Sonatrach’s branch in London that can be relied upon if necessary.
The natural gas liquefaction capacities of the national hydrocarbon company:
Sonatrach amount to about 30 billion cubic meters annually, through the Skikda and Arzew sea ports.
President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, ordered, Sunday, November 1st, 2021, the cessation of commercial relations between Algeria’s Sonatrach and the Moroccan Office for Electricity and Potable Water (ONEE).
According to a press release from the Presidency of the Republic, President Tebboune received a report from the Sonatrach group, Africa’s biggest natural gas exporter, on a trade agreement binding the state-owned energy firm, since July 2011, to the Moroccan Office for Electricity and Potable Water (ONEE).
“President Tebboune “ordered the cessation of trade ties between Sonatrach and the Moroccan National Office for Electricity and Potable Water (ONEE), and the non-renewal of the contract, which expires at midnight Sunday,” the statement from the presidency read.
The statement added: “President Tebboune received a report on the contract linking the national company (Sonatrach) to the Moroccan Diwan of Electricity and potable water, since 2011 and ending on October 31, 2021, at midnight.”
Due to the hostile attitude of Morocco, the President of the Republic, after consulting the Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Aïmene Benabderrahmane, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ramtane Lamamra, and the Minister of Energy and Mines, Mohamed Arkab, decided to cease the commercial relationship and not to renew the contract.
“In view of the aggressive practices of the Kingdom of Morocco towards Algeria, which affect national unity (..) the President of the Republic ordered (Sonatrach) to stop the commercial relationship with the Moroccan company, and not to renew the contract,” concluded the communiqué.