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    Morocco, Qatar Pledge to Strengthen Energy Cooperation

    Since 2016, Morocco and Qatar have worked closely on fields such as oil, gas, electricity, and renewable energy.

    27 May 2021

    Rabat - Morocco’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Environment Aziz Rabbah met with his Qatari counterpart to discuss furthering their bilateral relationship in the fields of oil, gas, electricity, and renewable energy.

    Morocco and Qatar signed a memorandum of understanding in April 2016 and have continued to cooperate in energy-related fields.

    The two ministers began their talks on the topic of natural liquified gas and oil.

    Qatar’s state-owned oil conglomerate Qatar Petroleum (QP) began exporting fossil fuels to Morocco in 2019 after they won a bid for 12 countries including Morocco, Kenya, Guyana and Namibia.

    “This agreement represents another important milestone in our partnership roadmap with Eni, and further strengthens our distinguished long term relationship with the Kingdom of Morocco,” said QP’s CEO Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi in a statement about the deal.

    During the 6th High Moroccan Qatari Joint Commission in Doha, Morocco partnered with Qatar to supply its 5 billion cubic metre per year liquified natural gas import facility at Jorf Lasfar, 100 kilometers south of Casablanca.

    On the topic of electricity and renewable energy, the two ministers spoke about their shared aspirations to increase access to electricity and promote the spread of renewable energies.

    Morocco’s national energy strategy aims to save 15% of energy consumption by 2030, according to the Moroccan Minister of Industry, Trade and Green and Digital Economy.

    Projects like the Ouarzazate Solar Power Station build Morocco’s credibility as an up and coming global leader in renewable energy.

    Morocco has ranked first in the Middle East and North Africa region and second in Africa in the 2021 Green Future Index, which measures countries’ progress and commitment towards a low-carbon economy.

    The ministers ended their meeting on a high note by noting the upcoming Joint Technical Committee for Cooperation surrounding oil, gas, electricity, and renewable energy.


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