Contentious oil rig moving ever closer to occupied Western Sahara
atwood_achiever_610_cape_town.jpg

The Atwood Achiever, the drill ship that has been commissioned by Kosmos Energy, has been spotted this morning off the coast of South Africa, just south of Cape Town.
Published: 23.10 - 2014 13:58Printer version    
The oil rig 'Atwood Achiever' is owned by Atwood Oceanics, but chartered by Kosmos Energy from the USA and Cairn Energy from Scotland.

The vessel is expected to call into the port of Walvis Bay in Namibia in a few days time. After that, the rig will set sail for occupied Western Sahara, where it will undertake the first ever test well drilling since the start of the Moroccan occupation.

Oil exploration and development in Western Sahara is in violation of international law. In 2002, the United Nations Legal Office established with great clarity that any such activity ought to be in accordance with the wishes and the interests of the Saharawi people to be considered legal. Neither of those requirements have been fulfilled by Kosmos Energy and Cairn Energy.

The Saharawi people are increasingly speaking out against Kosmos' oil programme in their occupied country. Last week, Saharawi groups from the occupied territory sent a protest letter to the company. The Frente Polisario, the internationally recognised representative of the people of Western Sahara, has expressed its opposition on numerous occasions.

The involved companies refuse to listen, and prefer to collaborate with the occupying regime, Morocco.



    

Top


EN ES FR DE AR

Morocco occupies the major part of its neighbouring country, Western Sahara. Entering into business deals with Moroccan companies or authorities in the occupied territories gives an impression of political legitimacy to the occupation. It also gives job opportunities to Moroccan settlers and income to the Moroccan government. Western Sahara Resource Watch demands foreign companies leave Western Sahara until a solution to the conflict is found.
EU Court cases on Western Sahara for dummies

tn_law_hammer.jpg

It's not easy keeping up with all the different legal proceedings relating to Western Sahara. For the sake of clarity, here's an overview of the five different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
Stand up for the Gdeim Izik 25!

tn_court_photo_gdeim_izik_610.jpg

Leading activists from Western Sahara are condemned to sentences ranging from 20 years to life imprisonment in connection to a mass protest in 2010 denouncing the Saharawi people’s social and economic marginalization in their occupied land; the Gdeim Izik protest camp.
Support Western Sahara Resource Watch

tn_sjovik_demo_610.jpg

Help us to protect the natural resources of Western Sahara for the Saharawi people. Support our work by making a donation.
Report: Moroccan green energy used for plunder

tn_poweringplunder_eng_610.jpg

At COP22, beware of what you read about Morocco’s renewable energy efforts. An increasing part of the projects take place in the occupied territory of Western Sahara and is used for mineral plunder, new WSRW report documents.

WSRW.org News Archive 2018
WSRW.org News Archive 2017
WSRW.org News Archive 2016
WSRW.org News Archive 2015
WSRW.org News Archive 2014
WSRW.org News Archive 2013
WSRW.org News Archive 2012
WSRW.org News Archive 2011
WSRW.org News Archive 2010
WSRW.org News Archive 2009
WSRW.org News Archive 2008
WSRW.org News Archive 2007
WSRW.org News Archive 2004-2006


Register for our English newsletter:









These web pages have been built with the financial support of the trade union Industry Energy