The January call for tenders to select the company that will help build an LNG terminal within the port of Mohammedia, launched by the National Ports Agency (ANP), apparently stood. The studies for the gas project were entrusted to the CID-Artelia SAS-Principia-Artelia Industrie consortium, with the committee responsible for selecting the offer.
On February 17, the opening of offers related to the study of an LNG and FSRU terminal in Mohammedia was held and said group was chosen for an approximate amount of 8.4 million DH. The study is due in five to six months by the end of August 2022 at the latest. Interested design offices and public works companies had until January 25 to submit their offer. According to the terms of reference, the candidates had to propose scenarios for the upgrade or renovation of station C of the port of Mohammedia, with a view to installing a gas terminal (liquefied natural gas, (LNG)) and a floating storage and regasification unit (Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU)).
The alternative to the closure of the Maghreb Europe Gas Pipeline is, therefore, little by little becoming a reality and the ANP, which has chosen the country's old hydrocarbon port to install an LNG terminal, is firmly committed to it. The infrastructure will allow the regasification of liquefied natural gas (LNG) transported by sea by shippers from their production areas. To this end, the ANP launched an international tender in this direction at the end of last year that has just been finalized with the opening of offers.
The study must sequence the different stages of reception and discharge, storage, regasification and emission in the national transmission network. The details of the mooring of the LNG carrier and the FRSU and that of the LNG carrier at the FRSU are also awaited. The CID-Artelia SAS-Principia-Artelia Industrie consortium must also work on the development of the industrial design of the site facilities for the purposes of receiving and transporting natural gas to the distribution site. It goes without saying that
At the moment, nothing has been leaked about the processing capacity of the future Mohammedia LNG port. However, if the ANP chose this site, it is because the National Port Master Plan (PDPN) for 2030 has assigned Mohammedia the vocation of an energy port. It was also chosen as the first LNG terminal in Morocco, equipped with a unit for transforming liquefied gas into natural gas.
The facility should allow Morocco to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) by sea, and regasify it for distribution to Moroccan customers or in Morocco operating in the industry and to power plants managed by the National Office of Electricity and Water (ONEE).