Algeria Threatens to Cut Natural Gas Exports to Spain Over Morocco Spat

Algeria warned on Wednesday that it would stop delivering gas to Spain if Madrid re-exports supplies to other countries, citing tensions over plans to divert Algerian gas to Morocco.

Algeria’s Energy and Mines Minister Mohamed Arkab said his Spanish counterpart informed him that Madrid would “authorize the operation, in reverse flow” of the GME (Gaz Maghreb Europe) pipeline connecting Spain to Algeria via Morocco.

Spain did not specify the country the gas would be sent to, but its energy ministry confirmed that the gas would not come from Algeria.

Algiers warned in a statement that any routing of “Algerian natural gas delivered to Spain, whose destination is none other than that provided for in the contracts, will be considered as a breach of contractual commitments.”

Doing so “could result in the termination of the contract” between state oil company Sonatrach and its Spanish customers.

Algeria in November had stopped supplying gas to Morocco through the GME after a diplomatic rupture with Rabat.

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