Morocco showed that the Algerian decision did not affect it. Rabat was proudly silent, but very discreetly asked Spain for help: “We need you to send us gas.” The Maghreb Europe can work in two directions, but that is not resolved in two days. Compression stations must be adapted.

That technical work was done quietly before Morocco and Spain staged their reconciliation last March to the astonishment and irritation of the Algerian Government over the Spanish turn on the question of Western Sahara.

In short, the shipment of gas from Spain to Morocco is part of the package of measures for the normalization of relations between the two countries.

Where will that gas come from? Morocco will buy it from liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporting countries and it will be landed at a Spanish regasification plant to be injected into the grid.

The Algerian reaction was fulminating: “Not a molecule of Algerian gas for Morocco!” Algeria does not want Spanish importing companies to resell their gas to Morocco.

Since the molecules do not carry a label, Spain has asked Morocco to scrupulously certify the purchase of LNG from third parties.

It has not been easy, since the spot market is very saturated in the wake of the war in Ukraine. Finally, Morocco is about to close its first contract, Energy Minister Leila Benali announced on Monday.