The Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP) has issued a tender for a study into a potential floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) in Morocco.
The National Port Master Plan for 2030 selected the port of Mohammedia as playing a part in the country’s energy mix. As a result, ANP said it intends to carry out a study on the potential deliveries of LNG, via an FSRU, at the port.
The ANP will open bids on January 25, at its offices in Casablanca.
The tender documents forecast the services will cost around 4 million dirhams ($432,000). The tender is made up of nine parts, looking at different factors.
The study will examine a number of factors, including security, mooring options, winds, tides and currents. Work will analyse existing data and consider what LNG carriers might require and the scale of the proposed FSRU.
The winning consultant will provide a study of how the port is today and what it may be like following the installation of LNG infrastructure.
The winner will draw up plans showing how to add LNG imports to the natural gas distribution network.
The winning bid must provide results within 210 days.
Morocco called for expressions of interest in March 2021. It was seeking to gauge appetite in the deployment of an FSRU, suggesting a number of locations.
The ANP tender highlights how this is becoming more concrete, with Mohammedia taking top billing as an LNG import site.
One company that participated in the ministry’s call was Predator Oil & Gas. The company is working on gas production in Morocco. It has also expressed interest in deploying FSRUs under a tolling agreement in the North African state and Ireland.