Morocco plans to finalize a gas law by end-2015, part of efforts to develop its gas industry with a 5 bcm/year LNG import terminal from 2023, Amina Benkhadra, director general of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines says.

Morocco has been working on a legal and contractual framework to govern development of new gas infrastructure including the future LNG terminal, associated pipelines, storage facilities, power plants and storage infrastructure for other products such as LPG (MEES, 15 May). The future LNG import terminal at Jorf Lasfar south of Casablanca will supply 2.7GW of proposed and existing gas-fired power plants – to be expanded to 6.3GW from 2025. Though scaled back from the initially-touted 7 bcm/year, this higher capacity may still be reached at a later date, Ms Benkhadra tells MEES on the sidelines of the World NOCs Congress in London this week. (CONTINUED - 1108 WORDS)