top of page

Algeria threatens to cut off gas supplies to Spain

Algeria threatened Wednesday to cut off gas supplies to Spain if any of the gas winds up in a different location than specified by a contract.

Transporting any amount of Algerian gas to a different destination is considered a breach of contractual obligations and would lead to the termination of the contract binding state-owned energy company Sonatrach and the Spanish customer, Algeria's Energy Ministry said in a statement.

As Algeria broke diplomatic relations with the Moroccan administration, the Maghreb-Europe Gas Pipeline -- with a capacity of 12 billion cubic meters connecting Algeria to Spain via Morocco -- has not been used since last October.

Spain’s Energy Ministry earlier confirmed that it planned to ship gas to Morocco but noted that none of that gas would be of Algerian origin.

bottom of page