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Explainer: Algeria-Spain gas controversy

The disagreement relates to both countries' troubled history with Morocco over the Western Sahara territory.
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Algeria and Spain are in the midst of a dispute over gas shipments that reached a boiling point last week when Algeria threatened to cancel its gas deal with Spain, fearing that Spain could direct some of it to Morocco. Here are the key factors that led to the current situation:

Gas: Algeria is Spain’s largest source for natural gas. In 2021, Algeria sent 178 terawatt hours of natural gas to Spain. The United States was a distant second, sending 60 terawatt hours, according to Statista. 

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