Spanish Minister on Wednesday, October 27, met with Algeria officials for the second in a month to guarantee a reliable supply of natural gas to the European country amid soaring fuel shortages.
This comes after Algeria decides to shut down the Maghreb pipeline, a key pipeline that runs through Morocco due to strained diplomatic ties between the two northern African countries.
Algeria President Abdelmadjid Tebboune issued an order to Sonatrach, Algeria's state energy firm, to stop supplying export gas to Spain through the Maghreb pipeline on Sunday, October 31, 2021, as diplomatic tensions reign high. However, Spain could be the most affected by the closure of the strategic gas pipeline as gas supply is set to drop.
While Spain is a leader in wind and solar power, the country depends heavily on Algeria's for nearly half of its natural gas supplies through the Maghreb, a pipeline that has linked the two countries since 1996.
However, following a collapse in the diplomatic ties between the two countries in August 2021, Algeria made it clear it will not renew the Maghreb-Europe pipeline contract after it expires on Monday, November 1, 2021.
In A statement sent to the press on Sunday, President Tebboune announced the end of trade between the two countries that existed for nearly two and half decades, citing Morocco's "hostile behaviour which undermines Algeria's unity."