Discoveries, drilling, mapping: the point on natural gas in Morocco

By Khalil Rachdi on 04/17/2022 at 21:51

Newsstand360. In Parliament, ONHYM Director General Amina Benkhadra speaks about recent natural gas discoveries and exploration activities in the various basins of the Kingdom. This article is a press review of the weekly La Vie Éco.


On April 13, the Director General of the National Hydrocarbons and Mines Office (ONHYM), Amina Benkhadra, was expected in Parliament together with Energy Minister Leila Benali and the Director of ONEE, Abderrahim El Hafidi. The House of Representatives hosted a meeting of the Infrastructure, Energy, Mines and Environment Committees there. An opportunity to take stock of natural gas in Morocco.

In his weekly delivery eco life returns to the intervention of Amina Benkhadra in Parliament. Speaking to MEPs, ONHYM’s Director General explained that natural gas discoveries in Morocco are concentrated in two production basins: the Gharb basin and the Essaouira basin (Meskala). Another area of ​​development is in the Tendrara Basin.

The Gharb Basin is one of the basins where intensive exploration activities have taken place. This led to the discovery and exploitation of numerous drill holes through a partnership between the National Office for Hydrocarbons and Mines (25%) and SDX Energy (75%). Result: In five years, the drilling of 22 wells led to 16 discoveries of natural gas. 14 wells were connected to the gas pipeline network in the region.

Also according to Benkhadra, the Essaouira Basin (Meskala) lies in one of the regions that has seen intensive exploration operations. These led to the discovery of the Meskala field, considered to be one of the most important discoveries made in Morocco to date. To date 11 wells have been drilled resulting in the presence of natural gas adhering to the condensate.

During his intervention, Benkhadra explained that between 2000 and 2022, 67 wells were drilled in Morocco, 40 of which revealed the presence of quantities of natural gas. In her opinion, these discoveries, although small, are economically viable. Evidence of this is the availability of a network of gas pipelines on site and a local market represented by several industrial units.

Eleven companies are currently active in hydrocarbon exploration in Morocco. Corresponding eco life, They map and interpret 2D and 3D seismic data to assess the hydrocarbon potential in the areas in which they operate. This will be followed by the step of drilling exploration wells when the appraisal studies show encouraging signs. By 2024, 27 wells are to be drilled.

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