Total officially states it has left Western Sahara
total_anzarane_21.06.2016_610.jpg

"The contract was not extended in December 2015", company writes on website. It has also confirmed that it has "no plans" to return to the territory, which lies in the part of Western Sahara under Moroccan occupation.
Published: 21.06 - 2016 11:19Printer version    
"Total has informed the Moroccan authorities that it would not request a new extension of its reconnaissance authorisation in the Anzarane block," a source in Total told news service AFP on 21 December 2015.

tn_total_609.jpgThe information about Total's departure from the waters of Western Sahara last year, a territory under Moroccan illegal occupation, had to this date only been known through informal channels. Total now specifically writes on its website that the contract in Western Sahara has not been renewed. The website can be downloaded here.

The image to the right shows how the article appeared on Total's website for a long time into 2016. Click for bigger version.

UPDATE 13.10.2016: The information was removed from the website at one point between 21 June 2016 and 13.10.2016.


It is now also clear that Total "has no plans to resume this activity in the future". This was stated to the Norwegian investor KLP, according to a press release from KLP today.

KLP today announced it has reincluded Total in its investment universe after it previously had excluded the French oil company over breach of KLP's ethical guidelines due to its Western Sahara involvement.

“We commend Total for no longer engaging in oil exploration off the coast of Western Sahara. That has been the objective of our dialogue with the company. With respect to non-self-governing territories, it is extremely difficult to justify exploration for and extraction of non-renewable natural resources within the framework of international law,” said Jeanett Bergan, head of responsible investment at KLP Kapitalforvaltning.

It is also worth noting a few new changes to the revised article describing the activity on the Anzarane block in Western Sahara, as appearing on Total's website.

"From an ethical standpoint, Total E&P Maroc and ONHYM signed two documents: a public joint declaration and a memorandum of understanding", the article now reads.

"Total, as an Energy Company, does not deem itself legitimate to have views on political or diplomatic subjects that belong to the United Nations and that are still being debated within the relevant international institutions."


Total to WSRW, 14 May 2013
The terminology of ethics has not been applied by Total before. So far the company has limited itself to what seems to be controversial interpretations of international law.

It is not further explained, however, how Total finds it ethically correct to sign agreements with the Moroccan state oil company ONHYM in relation to the exploration of hydrocarbons for a territory which does not belong to Morocco, but to the people of Western Sahara. There are no mention in the agreements with ONHYM nor in any of the documents by Total that consent has been sought from the people of the territory, which is a prerequisite for its legality, according to the UN. Many observers state that Total, by operating in Western Sahara, contribute to the continuation of the conflict.

Read our 2013 report 'Totally Wrong - Total SA in occupied Western Sahara'.

Total also underlines that Morocco has been committed to comply with the principles of the UN Charter, something which, ironicaly, Morocco fails to do by its mere illegal presence in the territory. As late as in 2016, UN officials underlined that Morocco by expelling UN troops from Western Sahara were violating the UN charter. There are no paragraphs in the UN Charter that can explain Morocco's occupation of Western Sahara. Morocco works against the fulfilment of UN Charter Article 73, which is the right to self-determination that the Saharawis are calling for.

Total also claims that it "Total was in line with international standards on ethics and human rights". They do not specify on the website what standards they are referring to. Numerous investors have found their practice not to be in line with ethics. Total also make no reference to the right to self-determination of the people of Western Sahara in any of its reports. Self-determination is established as Article 1 in the UN conventions.

PS: Other parts of Total's website still claim that it has interest in Anzarane - and even that Anzarane lies in "Morocco", which is not the case. No state in the world, nor the UN, recognise Morocco's presence in Western Sahara. The screenshots below were retrieved on 21 June 2016.

total_morocco_21.06.2016_609.jpg


total_anzarane_21.06.2016b_609.jpg

    
News:

19.07 - 2017 / 18.07 - 2017Civilian court follows military court against Saharawi activists
13.07 - 2017 / 13.07 - 2017Western Sahara has won its conflict cargo case in South Africa
10.07 - 2017 / 10.07 - 2017Siemens inconsistently supporting occupations
05.07 - 2017 / 05.07 - 2017Sign up! Stop EU trade talks with Morocco regarding Western Sahara!
02.07 - 2017 / 01.07 - 2017New Chinese interest in oil search in occupied Western Sahara?
01.07 - 2017 / 27.08 - 2010Support Western Sahara Resource Watch
30.06 - 2017 / 30.06 - 2017Here is Dura Bulk unloading Western Sahara sand in Tenerife
30.06 - 2017 / 29.06 - 2017Western Sahara solar plants expected to be operational in 2018
21.06 - 2017 / 21.06 - 2017Polisario warns shipping industry of more vessel detentions
20.06 - 2017 / 20.06 - 2017Isle of Man shipping company exits Western Sahara until settlement
16.06 - 2017 / 16.06 - 2017New report reveals the companies transporting conflict phosphate rock
15.06 - 2017 / 15.06 - 2017Saharawis won first round in conflict mineral cargo court case
12.06 - 2017 / 12.06 - 2017Wisby Tankers continues fueling occupation of Western Sahara
12.06 - 2017 / 12.06 - 2017Swedish bank excludes phosphates industry in Western Sahara
06.06 - 2017 / 19.05 - 201715 questions that Atlas Copco does not want to answer
02.06 - 2017 / 02.06 - 2017Moroccan government confirmed Glencore exit from Foum Ognit
01.06 - 2017 / 01.06 - 2017Ballance takes in new controversial cargo to replace detained vessel
30.05 - 2017 / 30.05 - 2017UN Global Compact drops Vigeo Eiris case after own goal
30.05 - 2017 / 30.05 - 2017Protests in Palma de Mallorca against sand imports
30.05 - 2017 / 29.05 - 2017Can the EU answer these questions on Western Sahara trade talks?




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.
Stand up for the Gdeim Izik 25!

tn_court_photo_gdeim_izik_610.jpg

On 17 February 2013, in a mockery of justice, a Moroccan military court condemned 25 Saharawi citizens to shockingly tough prison sentences. Help us to release the Gdeim Izik 25.
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.
The Western Sahara oil curse

tn_san_leon_protest_camps_8_august_2015_610x200.jpg

Big oil’s interest in occupied Western Sahara has taken a dramatic turn for the worse. Some companies are now drilling, in complete disregard of international law and the Saharawi people’s rights. Here’s what you need to know.

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