According to the Spanish news service Capital News, the Libyan state owned oil company Tamoil has been carrying out oil exploration in Western Sahara "for months".
"En tierras saharauis espera ya, explorando desde hace meses la estatal libia Tamoil. Invertirá de 100 a 150 millones de dólares en el Sáhara Occidental y doblará la cifra si descubre petróleo." Capital News, 27 January 2009Tamoil is according to Capital News investing between 100 and 150 million dollars in Western Sahara, an amount that would double once petroleum is found. The exact same information was first covered by Moroccan media in 2007 .
Tamoil denied the news that then had appeared in Moroccan media back in 2007.
"The company denies emphatically some media reports about an oil investment deal in Western Sahara. It did not sign any agreement on oil exploration permits in Western Sahara and it has no plan to invest in any oil operations there", they stated to Reuters on December 26th 2007.
WSRW has not yet seen any comment from the company on this new development.
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