Energy project stays out of Western Sahara

The big European energy project Desertec has announced it will not invest in occupied Western Sahara for "reputational reasons".

Published 25 April 2010

For a long time, the Desertec project considered entering into Western Sahara. 

"We want to confirm… officially that our reference projects will not be located in the West Sahara", a spokesperson of Desertec told The Guardian

"Although they had not yet settled on a location, they would not be building in the occupied territory of Western Sahara for "reputational reasons"", wrote The Guardian. 

The Germany-based Society for Threatened People had protested the investment. Western Sahara is under Moroccan occupation. 

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