Morocco’s commitment to an energy transition, a “voluntary political choice” launched by HM the King

Morocco’s commitment to an energy transition is “a proactive political choice” launched by HM King Mohammed VI more than a decade ago through an ambitious energy strategy, based essentially on renewable energies, energy efficiency energy and regional integration, said Friday, the Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Mrs. Leila Benali.

“Morocco’s commitment to an energy transition is a proactive political choice launched by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, more than a decade ago, through an ambitious energy strategy, based essentially on 3 pillars, namely energy renewables, energy efficiency and regional integration, accompanied by adapted innovation and a strong local component”, declared the minister who spoke in a video address, on the 2nd day of the Conference of member countries. of the “MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power” sedimentary basin, by Energy Capital & Power (Ecp), which is held in Diamniadio, 30 km from Dakar.

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In this regard, the Minister indicated that natural gas, an essential transition energy, is at the center of the Kingdom of Morocco’s energy strategy, specifying that gas is essential for accelerating the deployment of renewable energies, for energy efficiency that either in consumption or in network management and network flexibility, as well as for greater industrial competitiveness.

“Natural gas is at the heart of our regional cooperation, in particular with the use of our common infrastructures with our neighboring countries,” added the Minister for Energy Transition and Sustainable Development.

Recalling that the reversal of the flow of the Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline last June was a historic event in several respects, Ms. Benali specified that this is the first time that Morocco has accessed the international and flexible gas market. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and also the first time that Africa was supplied with gas through European infrastructure.

In this context, she stressed that Morocco is working on the development of a modern, sustainable, flexible gas infrastructure worthy of the 21st century, through the establishment of one or more import terminals, a network of gas pipelines to connect the major consumption areas and ensure that this infrastructure is compatible with hydrogen, which is the next big revolution in the energy sector with carbon.

She also highlighted Morocco’s long-term commitment to sustainable development. “We believe in just energy transition for inclusive sustainable development,” she insisted, noting that this is one of the essential objectives of the national sustainable development strategy which is currently being revised.

Highlighting international climate commitments with the updated NDC (Nationally Determined Contributions), which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45.5% by 2030, the official said that Morocco developed in 2021 a 2050 Low Carbon Strategy, based on the new ambition of the NDC and on the strategic axes recommended by the New Development Model, and in particular succeeding in the Challenge of “Morocco champion of competitive and green energy” of by 2035, by achieving a 40% share of renewable energies in total energy consumption, and making energy a lever for attractiveness, competitiveness and development.

Recalling that Morocco has been president of the United Nations Environment Assembly since last March, the minister stressed that the Kingdom has “a real duty to lead and set an example at the global level”.

The “MSGBC Oil, Gas & Power” Summit, organized under the patronage of the Senegalese President, Macky Sall, Chairperson of the African Union, is held under the theme “The Future of Natural Gas: Growth through Strategic Investment and policy development”, with the participation of representatives of African countries including Morocco.

The Director General of the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM), Amina Benkhadra, took part, Thursday, within the framework of this conference in a panel under the theme “A new vision to accelerate production and investment in a context of energy transition”, which brought together the heads of the national oil companies of Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mauritania and The Gambia.

The conference brings together delegates from member countries of the sedimentary basin, namely The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Mauritania and Senegal, as well as representatives from other African countries and many foreign investors from the United States. , Australia, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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