the Executive is considering 5 scenarios for SAMIR

The Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, Leila Benali, told the House of Councilors that the Executive was examining the technical and economic scenarios to come up with appropriate solutions to the file of the oil refining company “Samir”. .

This came in response to questions from councilors during discussions with the productive sectors commission of the Chamber of Councilors on the sub-budget of the Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development. In any case, this is confirmed by the commission report published by the Chamber of Councilors on its website. Leila Benali explained that the government, chaired by Aziz Akhannouch, is studying different technical and economic scenarios, taking into account the interests of all concerned, the groups associated with this company, the Moroccan State as a potential investor, the workforce work of the company, the inhabitants of the city of Mohammedia as well as all the stakeholders in the refinery at the national and international level.

The Minister for Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, who spoke during a session of oral questions in the House of Councilors, specified that this was an investment file which must be handled in a reasonable and rigorous, hence the difficulty and the need to develop a clear vision in terms of management and consideration of everyone’s interests. In addition, she indicated that the “Samir” file was characterized by “unprecedented complexity”, given the accumulation of problems over more than 20 years, which led to a stoppage of the “Samir” refinery. », the transmission of the file to justice and the judicial liquidation, with the continuation of its activity under the supervision of the syndic and a judge-commissioner.

Leila Benali also said the national energy ecosystem has not recorded any dysfunction in the energy supply, the needs of the national market having been fully satisfied. The only material, which experienced a malfunction during this year, is natural gas, she noted, welcoming the government’s efforts which have made it possible to solve this problem and ensure the supply of natural gas, and this, in record time and despite the unprecedented global crisis. The Minister of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development indicated that the government is studying five proposed scenarios to resolve the “Samir” crisis, specifying that the ministry will announce them to the public after completing their examination.

The government official, in response to a written question from parliamentarian Mohamed Ouzzine, said that the complexity of the “Samir” company file is due to the accumulation of dysfunctions and debts over the past twenty years. Leila Benali indicated that “on March 14, 2018, the “Coral” group filed a request with the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington against the Moroccan government in order to be compensated for any damages it has suffered. suffered during the bankruptcy of the company.

The minister said that the 2009 National Energy Strategy did not make refining its most important pillar and that Morocco remained a non-oil producing country. That said, the Casablanca Commercial Court (TTC) ordered in October the maintenance of La Samir’s activity for three additional months. This is the 27th time that this tribunal has reaffirmed its sentence. The TCC is in charge of the judicial liquidation procedure, the decision of which was pronounced on June 1, 2016. The TCC has still not managed to find a possible buyer knowing that an attempt to rent the storage bins to the State Moroccan had failed in November 2021.

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