Morocco has two main hydrocarbon production and exploitation areas:

  • The Gharb basin
  • The Essaouira basin


The Gharb basin generally contains dry gas (99% of methane) which makes it easy to exploit and commercialize the gas discoveries.
Despite their small size so far, exploitation activity is economical because of the easy access by drilling (depth ranging from 900 to 1800 m) and the presence of potential customers nearby the existing pipeline network. In this basin, the deposits recovery factor can reach 90%.
Since 2017, the Exploitation / Production activity in the Gharb region is carried out by ONHYM and its partner in the region; the British company SDX ENERGY INC which detains 75% in the producing concessions located mainly in Sebou Permits.
Several wells are put into production in order to satisfy the clients demands with a flow rate exceeding 200 000 Nm3/d.
The produced gas is delivered to eight clients located in the Kenitra's industrial zone and the Atlantic Free zone. These clients are: CMCP, Super Cerame, PSA, GPC, Extralait, SETEXAM, OMNIUM, CITIC.

The sharing of the delivered natural gas between customers in 2021 is shown by the following graph:

Natural gas production evolution from 2012 to 2021 is presented below:


Essaouira basin is one of the most promising areas of the country that has the largest confirmed potential of hydrocarbons.
Indeed, several discoveries were made on this basin, the most important one is the gas condensate Meskala field.
The wellstream fluids produced from Meskala can be marketed only after treatment operations to separate gas from water and condensate.
In order to enhance the hydrocarbon production of Meskala field, a 3D seismic survey was done which interpretation resulted in identifying new prospects and blocks that can be developed by drilling new wells.
The produced gas and condensate are delivered to the OCP mining center in Youssoufia in order to meet the energy needs of the drying and calcination phosphate units.
Total production at the end of 2020 from this field since it began producing in 1987 is around 824 million Nm3 of natural gas and 235 223 m3 of condensate.

Natural gas and the condensate production evolution from 2012 to 2021 is presented below:



The Gharb basin is one of the most active regions in Morocco in terms of natural gas exploitation and production. Several partners participated through the years in the development of this infrastructure which was improved lately by the activity of ONHYM and his current partner (SDX Energy) as new discoveries are made.
Thus, the Gharb basin has a network composed mainly of:

  • 8'' gas pipeline connecting KSR station collecting station and Douar Jaber station (9 km)
  • 4'' gas pipeline linking Douar Jaber station to the CMCP factory (58 Km)
  • 8'' gas pipeline linking Douar Jaber station to the rest of Kenitra’s clients (55 Km)
  • Several 3’’ pipes connecting the producing wells to the Ksiri, KSR 10 and Douar Jaber stations.

At the arrival of the Customers' plants, expansion stations are installed at the entrances of each customer plants’ in order to expand the gas to reach the working pressure necessary to ensure the functioning of the continuous fire installations.


The gas leaving MESKALA treatment unit is sent to the transport network and it is consist of:

  • 4’’ gas pipeline of 2 km long connecting the MKL treatment unit to J-3 junction.
  • 6'' gas pipeline of 23 km long connecting J-3 junction to the Korimat skid.
  • 6'' gas pipeline connecting J-1 junction to the calcination and drying OCP units for a total of distance 7 km.
  • 8'' gas pipeline of 125 km long connecting Korimat skid to the J-1 junction.

Upon arrival at the OCP plant, an expansion station is set up to bring the natural gas to the client pressure specification.Regarding the condensate collected in MESKALA treatment unit, is initially stored in tanks and then transported by trucks to OCP Youssoufia.

Gharb Production Infrastructure Map

Essaouira Production Infrastructure Map