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Total to Halt Western Sahara Work

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Total will halt preliminary offshore oil survey work in disputed Western Sahara, unfortunately it was not due to the illegality of the exploration work under a UN edict, but because its seismic data analysis was disappointing.

“The results of the geological surveys conducted in the Anzarane block were not encouraging and the reconnaissance authorization will not be transformed into an exploration license,” a Total spokesman said according to an iAfrica report.

Total was contracted to conduct geological survey in a vast block off Western Sahara in December 2011, and the agreement was later extended to December 2015. The company has now informed the Moroccan authorities that it will not seek further extension.