By John Smith •
Published: 28 Oct 2021 • 17:23
Minister Ribera had a successful meeting with her Algerian Counterpart
SPANISH Minister’s last-minute dash to Algeria to guarantee gas supply as time runs out before international pipeline is closed.
Very aware that the agreement entered into 25 years ago between Algeria, Morocco and Spain expired at the end of October, Spanish ecological transition minister Teresa Ribera travelled to Algeria on Wednesday October 27 for discussions with Algerian Minister of Energy and Mines, Mohamad Arkab.
Spain is caught in the middle of a diplomatic argument between the two North African states which has seen a closing of borders and minimal diplomatic contact.
Although most of northern Europe relies on gas pumped from Russia and Spain does use some, its main source is Algeria and if the Algerians won’t pump the gas through the Maghreb-Europe Gas Pipeline which passes through Morocco then Spain could have been in trouble.
This is what has come to pass but there is a second pipeline Medgaz which does not touch Morocco and during her meeting with the Algerian Minister, Ribera was assured that this pipeline would see an increase in gas, sufficient to make up the shortfall from the closure of the other one.
With winter coming and the steady increase of prices of natural gas which is used in a number of commercial undertakings including production of electricity, the Spanish Government was worried about the possibility of finding alternative sources of gas.
Time will tell whether there will be sufficient supplies for Spain’s needs but in the meantime, the closing of the pipeline will have a negative effect on Morocco’s economy and its own electricity production.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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Algeria is reliable partner to Spain and will stick to the contract no matter what even will provide more for Spain to resale to lessen the Spanish people to page less
Morocco is becoming horrible state with the drugs trafficking and their sex paedophiles tourism and now harbouring terrorist and the Zionist entity in our shore Algeria lost patience and declare embargo and any solution on the table
Eitherway Algeria and Algerians have a lot respect for Spain
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