A concert in front of a mosque stirs controversy in Algeria What's the story?

Gas in Morocco "modest" discoveries that do not compensate for Algerian supplies Doubts are swirling over the announced estimates of Morocco's gas reserves, despite the investment of $2.92 billion in exploration, while the country's gas consumption reaches one billion cubic meters annually, and Algerian supplies met these needs.  Morocco is facing a shortage of gas supplies after Algeria stopped pumping it to Europe through a pipeline that passes through Moroccan territory, as of October 31.  The kingdom is seeking to compensate for Algerian gas supplies by accelerating investments to explore for gas in several regions in the country.  In parallel, the country is preparing to receive the first shipments of imported liquefied natural gas, as the first ship carrying a quantity of it is expected to arrive in Moroccan ports by the end of this April, according to local media.  Last November, Morocco announced in a report of the Ministry of Finance as part of the 2022 budget documents, that "work is underway to establish a company that will manage and develop the national gas infrastructure."  The new company will manage the "Maghrib-Europe" gas pipeline, which will accompany the "Nigeria-Morocco" gas pipeline project, which is currently under feasibility studies.  Humble discoveries  On April 13, Morocco's Minister of Energy Transition, Leila Benali, downplayed "the importance of gas discoveries in Morocco."  "The confirmed reserves of natural gas currently discovered in Morocco have not yet reached the required level," the minister said during a meeting of a parliamentary committee.  She added, "The required level is at least 30 years of exploitation and use of the discovered gas, in order to secure the needs of sustainable development."  Moroccan economist Fouad Abdel Moumni believes that "this type of discovery does not reassure, and does not reveal the fact that gas is available in commercial quantities until large-scale production is achieved."  Abdelmoumni added: "We saw how foreign companies claimed that there are huge oil fields in eastern Morocco. After that, it turned out that it was only maneuvers in order to make a quick profit."  Production and consumption  Last January 6, the Competition Council (governmental) published a report prepared at the request of the government, which expected the demand for natural gas in the Kingdom to rise to 1.1 billion cubic meters annually by 2025.  The report stated that "estimates reveal that the rate of final consumer demand for natural gas will reach about 1.7 billion cubic meters by 2030, and about 3 billion cubic meters by 2040."  The Moroccan Minister of Energy had expected last November that the country's production of natural gas would reach 110 million cubic meters annually during 2021, compared to 98 million cubic meters in 2020.  Morocco's gas consumption is currently about one billion cubic meters annually.  Morocco was getting transit fees for Algerian gas, in addition to a share of gas to meet the needs of domestic consumption, before the Algerian president decided at the end of last October not to renew the contract to supply gas to Spain through the pipeline.  Excavation proceeds  Morocco said on April 13 that the total investments in gas and oil exploration in the country amounted to 28 billion and 845 million dirhams ($2.94 billion), from 2000 until the end of 2021.  This came in an intervention by the Director-General of the Moroccan Office of Hydrocarbons and Minerals (governmental) Amina Benkhadra, before a parliamentary committee in the House of Representatives (the first chamber of the Moroccan Parliament).  Benkhadra added that "96 percent of the investments for gas and oil exploration in Morocco are entirely financed by companies."  The exploration operations for oil and gas in Morocco during 2021, a total area of ​​about 283,000 square kilometres.  Nine exploitation licenses and 53 exploration licenses were granted, including 26 in the offshore field and 3 exploration licenses, according to the Moroccan Minister of Energy.  Just ads  Lahcen El Yamani, Secretary General of the Moroccan Union of Oil and Gas, stressed in a statement to Anadolu Agency that "the natural gas discoveries today in Morocco are just advertisements."  He continued, "We were not able to provide a strategic consumable stock. This was not achieved on the ground, but it is certain that Morocco needs clean energy to produce electricity."  He pointed out that "the policy of exploration for gas and oil in the Kingdom has not yielded fruit so far. Morocco is more required today than ever to encourage research and exploration for natural gas."  Increasing investment  On January 5, Morocco began soliciting offers to carry out studies related to the project of a terminal to receive liquefied natural gas vessels, in the port of Muhammadiyah, in the north of the country.  According to the Moroccan Ports Agency (governmental), the cost of completing the study is 4 million dirhams (401 thousand dollars), without revealing the amount allocated for the construction of a gas vessel receiving station and a floating storage unit.  On March 16, Morocco announced the signing of a contract with the British company "Sound Energy", to supply gas from the local field of Tandara to the "Maghreb-Europe" pipeline.  The British company estimates the field's reserves at about 5 billion cubic meters of gas. A concert in front of a mosque stirs controversy in Algeria What's the story? A concert held in front of a mosque in Algeria turned into verbal altercations between the party organizers and attendees, and the imam of the mosque that was held next to it, and then sparked widespread controversy through social media.  A concert held in front of a mosque in Algeria turned into verbal altercations between the party organizers and the imam of the mosque, which was held next to it last Saturday.  Pictures of the ceremony opposite the mosque in the month of Ramadan sparked controversy and anger after it spread widely on social media, between those who see it as okay, and those who see the incident as an encroachment on the sanctity of the mosque and the holy month, while local media described what happened as "sedition."  The Algerian newspaper, "An-Nahar", stated that the concert, which was performed by the singer Taus Arhab, began late after the worshipers finished performing Tarawih prayers, and in Martyrs Square, which is located in the center of the city of "Amchdala", surrounded by many buildings, including the municipality headquarters, the Al-Hedaya Mosque and a number of public facilities. .  This was the reaction of the imam in Bouira province after the concert in front of the mosque  Posted by Ferdjioua net on  Sunday, April 17, 2022 According to eyewitnesses, the imam of the mosque spoke through the loudspeaker for the call to prayer, describing the celebrants as "rabble, scum and without education", which angered the audience at the ceremony, and a number of policemen intervened to calm the atmosphere.  On Sunday, the Bouira state, to which the city belongs, issued a statement explaining that "the party knew a verbal slippage that would affect people's feelings."  "So the local and security authorities and some elected officials intervened and made efforts to avoid any interpretations to get this incident out of its scope," she added.  The statement referred to attempts to "amplify and exploit matters" through social media, before the situation is contained.  For his part, Mayor Muhammad Alloush confirmed that the concert was licensed and permitted within the framework of organizing artistic evenings during Ramadan nights.  While the imam of the mosque apologized for "some of the words that came from him" during his anger, and at the same time confirmed that he had refused a request made to him for an apology via a video posted on social media.  In his speech to the Algerian newspaper Al-Shorouk, he explained that he was in a state of anger and emotion when he found the party taking place in a square adjacent to the mosque and late at night, which prompted him to intervene

A concert held in front of a mosque in Algeria turned into verbal altercations between the party organizers and attendees, and the imam of the mosque that was held next to it, and then sparked widespread controversy through social media.

A concert held in front of a mosque in Algeria turned into verbal altercations between the party organizers and the imam of the mosque, which was held next to it last Saturday.

Pictures of the ceremony opposite the mosque in the month of Ramadan sparked controversy and anger after it spread widely on social media, between those who see it as okay, and those who see the incident as an encroachment on the sanctity of the mosque and the holy month, while local media described what happened as "sedition."

The Algerian newspaper, "An-Nahar", stated that the concert, which was performed by the singer Taus Arhab, began late after the worshipers finished performing Tarawih prayers, and in Martyrs Square, which is located in the center of the city of "Amchdala", surrounded by many buildings, including the municipality headquarters, the Al-Hedaya Mosque and a number of public facilities. .

This was the reaction of the imam in Bouira province after the concert in front of the mosque

Posted by Ferdjioua net on  Sunday, April 17, 2022
According to eyewitnesses, the imam of the mosque spoke through the loudspeaker for the call to prayer, describing the celebrants as "rabble, scum and without education", which angered the audience at the ceremony, and a number of policemen intervened to calm the atmosphere.

On Sunday, the Bouira state, to which the city belongs, issued a statement explaining that "the party knew a verbal slippage that would affect people's feelings."

"So the local and security authorities and some elected officials intervened and made efforts to avoid any interpretations to get this incident out of its scope," she added.

The statement referred to attempts to "amplify and exploit matters" through social media, before the situation is contained.

For his part, Mayor Muhammad Alloush confirmed that the concert was licensed and permitted within the framework of organizing artistic evenings during Ramadan nights.

While the imam of the mosque apologized for "some of the words that came from him" during his anger, and at the same time confirmed that he had refused a request made to him for an apology via a video posted on social media.

In his speech to the Algerian newspaper Al-Shorouk, he explained that he was in a state of anger and emotion when he found the party taking place in a square adjacent to the mosque and late at night, which prompted him to intervene.

Gas in Morocco "modest" discoveries that do not compensate for Algerian supplies

Doubts are swirling over the announced estimates of Morocco's gas reserves, despite the investment of $2.92 billion in exploration, while the country's gas consumption reaches one billion cubic meters annually, and Algerian supplies met these needs.

Morocco is facing a shortage of gas supplies after Algeria stopped pumping it to Europe through a pipeline that passes through Moroccan territory, as of October 31.

The kingdom is seeking to compensate for Algerian gas supplies by accelerating investments to explore for gas in several regions in the country.

In parallel, the country is preparing to receive the first shipments of imported liquefied natural gas, as the first ship carrying a quantity of it is expected to arrive in Moroccan ports by the end of this April, according to local media.

Last November, Morocco announced in a report of the Ministry of Finance as part of the 2022 budget documents, that "work is underway to establish a company that will manage and develop the national gas infrastructure."

The new company will manage the "Maghrib-Europe" gas pipeline, which will accompany the "Nigeria-Morocco" gas pipeline project, which is currently under feasibility studies.

Humble discoveries

On April 13, Morocco's Minister of Energy Transition, Leila Benali, downplayed "the importance of gas discoveries in Morocco."

"The confirmed reserves of natural gas currently discovered in Morocco have not yet reached the required level," the minister said during a meeting of a parliamentary committee.

She added, "The required level is at least 30 years of exploitation and use of the discovered gas, in order to secure the needs of sustainable development."

Moroccan economist Fouad Abdel Moumni believes that "this type of discovery does not reassure, and does not reveal the fact that gas is available in commercial quantities until large-scale production is achieved."

Abdelmoumni added: "We saw how foreign companies claimed that there are huge oil fields in eastern Morocco. After that, it turned out that it was only maneuvers in order to make a quick profit."

Production and consumption

Last January 6, the Competition Council (governmental) published a report prepared at the request of the government, which expected the demand for natural gas in the Kingdom to rise to 1.1 billion cubic meters annually by 2025.

The report stated that "estimates reveal that the rate of final consumer demand for natural gas will reach about 1.7 billion cubic meters by 2030, and about 3 billion cubic meters by 2040."

The Moroccan Minister of Energy had expected last November that the country's production of natural gas would reach 110 million cubic meters annually during 2021, compared to 98 million cubic meters in 2020.

Morocco's gas consumption is currently about one billion cubic meters annually.

Morocco was getting transit fees for Algerian gas, in addition to a share of gas to meet the needs of domestic consumption, before the Algerian president decided at the end of last October not to renew the contract to supply gas to Spain through the pipeline.

Excavation proceeds

Morocco said on April 13 that the total investments in gas and oil exploration in the country amounted to 28 billion and 845 million dirhams ($2.94 billion), from 2000 until the end of 2021.

This came in an intervention by the Director-General of the Moroccan Office of Hydrocarbons and Minerals (governmental) Amina Benkhadra, before a parliamentary committee in the House of Representatives (the first chamber of the Moroccan Parliament).

Benkhadra added that "96 percent of the investments for gas and oil exploration in Morocco are entirely financed by companies."

The exploration operations for oil and gas in Morocco during 2021, a total area of ​​about 283,000 square kilometres.

Nine exploitation licenses and 53 exploration licenses were granted, including 26 in the offshore field and 3 exploration licenses, according to the Moroccan Minister of Energy.

Just ads

Lahcen El Yamani, Secretary General of the Moroccan Union of Oil and Gas, stressed in a statement to Anadolu Agency that "the natural gas discoveries today in Morocco are just advertisements."

He continued, "We were not able to provide a strategic consumable stock. This was not achieved on the ground, but it is certain that Morocco needs clean energy to produce electricity."

He pointed out that "the policy of exploration for gas and oil in the Kingdom has not yielded fruit so far. Morocco is more required today than ever to encourage research and exploration for natural gas."

Increasing investment

On January 5, Morocco began soliciting offers to carry out studies related to the project of a terminal to receive liquefied natural gas vessels, in the port of Muhammadiyah, in the north of the country.

According to the Moroccan Ports Agency (governmental), the cost of completing the study is 4 million dirhams (401 thousand dollars), without revealing the amount allocated for the construction of a gas vessel receiving station and a floating storage unit.

On March 16, Morocco announced the signing of a contract with the British company "Sound Energy", to supply gas from the local field of Tandara to the "Maghreb-Europe" pipeline.

The British company estimates the field's reserves at about 5 billion cubic meters of gas.
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