Two days after Algeria severed diplomatic relations with Morocco’s ZOG, over involvement in the fires, the pegasus spyware scandal, normalization with “Israel”, and the Western Sahara issue, now Algeria has taken another major step against Morocco.
On Thursday Algeria’s Minister of Energy Mohamed Arkab, in a meeting with Spanish Ambassador to Algeria Fernando Moran Sotelo, stated “Algeria’s full commitment to cover all of Spain’s natural gas supplies through the Medgaz, (the Medgaz Pipeline is the pipeline which connects directly to Spain and bypasses Morocco.)”
Algeria’s oil company Sonatrach had been preparing to rely more on the Medgaz pipeline since May 2020, as the first indications were starting that Morocco may recognize “Israel” in exchange for America recognizing the Western Sahara as being part of Morocco. It now has a transport capacity of over 10 billion cubic meters
The Algerian Energy Minister noted to the Spanish Ambassador, Algeria’s capabilities to meet the increasing demand for gas in the European markets during the meeting, especially the Spanish market, thanks to the flexibility in terms of the ability to liquefy gas.
Since the fires that left dozens dead in Algeria, Algiers has cut diplomatic relations with Rabat, closed the airspace and severed links with Casablanca, militarized the border, and turned off the tap for Algerian gas starting October 31st.
Morocco will no longer be getting the gas transit fees from Algeria nor will it be getting gas from Algeria anymore. Due to Morocco’s location in the far end of Northwest Africa and next to Spain and Portugal, now its options for oil and gas imports are not easy.
Morocco has been seeking to build a pipeline which would transport oil and gas from Nigeria, but it is far more expensive due to how much further Nigeria is from Morocco and the fact its being built across thousands of miles of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Guinea. Some estimates say that it will cost 20 times more for Morocco than the gas transit status it had with Algeria till now.
If Morocco and Algeria go into an armed conflict as seems increasingly likely, Rabat would immediately have a very difficult time sustaining itself due to its reliance on imports for fuel. In the event of a war Algeria is gonna blockade that in the Mediterranean and by land. Morocco has on its borders Algeria and the Polisario Front controlled part of Western Sahara, and if Morocco even forced them out of those border areas, they would be controlling the border with Algeria’s ally Mauritania.
Algeria’s move to end the oil and gas transit for Morocco is going to cause economic pain for Morocco, who wanted this pipeline to be extended past October 31st.
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