Spain reassured by Algeria about gas supply

APS - 01 October 2021

ALGIERS- Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation José Manuel Albares Bueno underlined Thursday that the Algerian authorities have reassured him about supplying Spain with gas, a month before the Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline agreement, linking the two countries, expires.

"Concerning energy, I was reassured by Algiers about supplying Spain with gas. Algeria has committed to meet the Spanish demand," affirmed the minister in a statement to the press, following a working meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad Ramtane Lamamra.

Commissioned in 1996, the Euro-Maghreb gas pipeline transports gas from Hassi R'mel to Spain over 1400km, crossing the Moroccan territory.

It supplies Spain and Portugal up to 10 billion M3 per year.

On 26 August 2021, Minister of Energy and Mines Mohamed Arkab said that Algerian gas supplies to Spain will be ensured through the gas pipeline Medgaz which connects Beni Saf to Almeria through the Mediterranean.

Albares said that he agreed with his Algerian counterpart to "diversify, increase and enrich trading and extend cooperation, notably in tourism, agriculture and shipbuilding industry."

At the political level, he underlined a convergence of views on several themes ``We have taken the decision to raise the level of political dialogue between the two countries," he stressed, announcing that a meeting will be held soon in Spain.