Moroccan LNG: GDF Suez Joins Shell, TAQA

Morocco is moving forward with plans to become an LNG importer in order to meet increased demand for electricity. On the table for several years, plans to build an onshore terminal at the deep-water port of Jorf Lasfar 100km south of Casablanca are now gathering momentum as international investors are lining up at Morocco’s door for a potential participation.

Late last year, Energy Minister ‘Abd al-Qadir ‘Amara said the terminal would enable Morocco to import LNG equivalent to 7 bcm/year (677mn cfd) beginning in 2025 (MEES, 19 December 2014) – enough to fuel 3GW of power generation capacity.

The proposed LNG terminal forms part of Morocco’s wider plans to develop gas and power infrastructure worth $4.6bn. In addition to storage facilities, this will involve upgrading two combined cycle power plants of 150MW each, and installing another four with a capacity of 600MW each. Another 6.3GW of gas-fired capacity is expected to be installed in the longer term. (CONTINUED - 752 WORDS)