It should be remembered that the supply of gas from Algeria is vital for national energy security. Up to 50% of the gas which enters Spain comes from Algeria through two gas pipelines. The agreement includes more simplified price review mechanisms, which in practice involve reducing risks and moderating potential price volatility. Similarly, mechanisms have been introduced to adjust supplies temporarily if there is a fall in demand. The agreement with Sonatrach clears the way for Naturgy to present its new strategic plan before year-end.
The company is continuing its negotiations with the rest of its suppliers and expects new agreements before the end-2020.
Naturgy Chairman Francisco Reynés has applauded the agreement reached with Sonatrach , since it “will provide visibility and certainty.”
The agreement puts an end to months of discussions and avoids a legal battle in international arbitration courts.