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Sound Energy gets green light for gas pipeline in Morocco

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Moroccan-focused upstream gas company Sound Energy has been given the green light to commence construction on a 120km gas pipeline in Morocco, after receiving Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) approvals.

The approval, which was given by Morocco’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment, will enable Sound Energy to build and operate a 120km, 20-inch gas pipeline connecting the proposed gas treatment plant and compression station (CPF) to the Gazoduc Maghreb Europe (GME) pipeline.

This project will be part of the larger Tendrara Gas Export Pipeline (TGEP), which will cross the Matarka Commune, in the Province of Figuig, and Merija Commune, in the Province of Jerada, to reach the delivery point of the GME.

In an operational update, the company added that current discussions with representatives of Morocco’s Ministry of Interior to obtain rights through a long-term lease agreement for a 50m wide corridor along the entire 120km length of the TGEP are progressing, according to plan.

Earlier in January, Sound Energy signed an amendment to a Memorandum of Understanding with Morocco’s Office National de l'Electricité et de l'Eau Potable, the country's state power company, to extend the period for negotiations of the final gas sales agreement until 31 March 2020.