The Moroccan state oil company ONHYM this week announced on its webpages that a firm with the name Teredo Morocco Limited received a licence to explore for oil in a block called Boujdour Offshore Shallow. The information was added to a list of licences that Morocco holds with foreign firms.
An oil news service already in August this year announced that a “520km 2D survey was completed in the Boujdour Shallow offshore block, Tarfaya Basin, which comprises 5 sub-units totalling 9,056 sq km. ONHYM 25% partner.”
According to the Moroccan official gazette of 16 June 2011, the agreement with Teredo was signed already on 21 February 2011 . The agreement was signed by the firm “Teredo Morocco Limited” , part of the group “Teredo 1” . No more is known about this study or firm. It is not known which seismic survey contractor carried out the offshore programme.
Despite the name of the block being "Boujdour Offshore Shallow", the 5 Teredo units are probably not located next to the town of Boujdour/Bojador, but further north, directly to the west of the capital El Aaiun.
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