Photo: Casablanca Port; Illustration only; Courtesy of The National Ports Agency

Mohammedia Port to host Morocoo’s 1st FSRU and LNG terminal

Mohammedia Port near Casablanca will host the country’s first liquified natural gas (LNG) floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU), according to The National Ports Agency (ANP).

FSRU; Mohammedia Port to host Morocoo's 1st FSRU and LNG terminal
Casablanca Port; Illustration only; Courtesy of The National Ports Agency

APN announced the update of station C at the Mohammedia port, which will now include an LNG terminal and an FSRU. Thus, Morocco’s first LNG terminal will take place in Mohammedia.

Specifically, the agency published a public tender for update study for post C for LNG and FSRU terminal at the port. The deadline for file withdrawal and submission of envelopes is 25 January 2022.

Under the national port master plan (PDPN) for 2030, Mohammedia is to be an energy port. Another major goal is to form an alternative for Morocco to import LNG by sea.

In other words, the country will import liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the terminal. It will then be regasified for distribution to industrial customers and power plants.

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