The two Irish oil companies, San Leon Energy and Island Oil and Gas, which are basically owned by the same people, are about to merge.
This was announced by San Leon on 15 October. Download the San Leon release here.
Together they will hold “70 percent gross interest, before the participation of ONYHM (the Moroccan Government-owned entity), in the onshore Zag and Tarfaya interests in Morocco,“ according to the release.
Both these two blocks are mainly not in Morocco, however, but in Western Sahara.
Western Sahara has been under Moroccan occupation since 1975. Searching for oil in Western Sahara is in violation of international law, according to the UN, and the people of Western Sahara is against it.
The Irish Minister of Foreign Affairs have asked the Irish firms to respect international law.
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.
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 three different cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.
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.
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.