Total renews offshore Morocco licences

oil rig kris krug flickrThe licences allow Total to search for oil off the coast of the Western Sahara region, which currently forms part of Morocco. (Image source: Kris Krug/Flickr)French company Total has renewed its exploration licences in the Western Sahara territory

According to Reuters, the licences allow Total to search for oil off the coast of the Western Sahara region, which currently forms part of Morocco.

The company has extended for a third year its reconnaissance licence for the 100,000-sq-km Anzarane block, which was first issued by Morocco in December 2011. Since obtaining the reconnaissance licence, Total has conducted geological, seabed and 3D seismic studies but has not announced any plans to drill an exploration well, which would require it to sign a separate contract with Morocco.

The company confirmed it had renewed the licence "in order to complete the treatment and the interpretation of the seismic data acquired in 2013".

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