Sadr to license Sahara blocks

02 November 2007

The Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (Sadr) has launched a second oil and gas licensing round for nine blocks in the Western Sahara region, despite the political status of the territory being unresolved.

The Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic (Sadr) has launched a second oil and gas licensing round for nine blocks in the Western Sahara region, despite the political status of the territory being unresolved.

Six offshore blocks are on offer: Tah (20,892 square kilometres); Amgala (15,417); Farsia (17,381); Jreifia (17,361); Imlili (16,965) and Zug (20,476). The onshore blocks are Smara (29,895 square kilometres), Umdreiga (39,603) and Tichla (14,579). Nine licences were awarded in early 2006 (MEED 31:3:06).

Bids will be opened in Houston in early 2008. Contracts will not come into force before the political status of the area, contested by Sadr and Morocco, is resolved.

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