Tamoil denies engagement in Western Sahara
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And says it has no plans to invest there.
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Published: 27.12 - 2007 11:41Printer version    
In December, Moroccan media reported that a subsidiary of the Libyan state oil company Tamoil had entered into a deal with Morocco for exploration in the occupied Western Sahara .

The company, however, denies the allegations.

"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 said to Reuters on December 26th.

See the article below.



Tamoil Africa says wins Chadian oil search permit
Wed Dec 26, 2007
http://uk.reuters.com/article/oilRpt/idUKL2629930520071226
TRIPOLI, Dec 26 (Reuters) - Libya-based Tamoil Africa said on Wednesday it had won a licence to explore for oil in Chad but denied media reports it had a plan to invest in oil exploration in the disputed Western Sahara.

"Tamoil Africa had reached a deal with the Chadian government and was awarded an oil exploration permit on three areas Irdiss 1, Idriss 2 and Wadjadou 1 which are located near the border with Libya," it said in a statement.

Tamoil Africa, a diversified energy company active in countries including Egypt, Chad, Niger and Mali, added:

"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."

Investing in Western Sahara is a sensitive issue for any Libyan company because the Tripoli government takes a neutral stand on the conflict pitting the Algeria-backed Polisario Front independence movement against Morocco. (Reporting by Salah Sarrar; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)



    

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