Protesters who have shut down pipelines in western Libya since March have announced the end of their blockade on important oil infrastructure, allowing all oilfields, pipelines and ports to be reopened tonight. Continue reading
Morocco has renewed French petrol company Total’s licence to prospect for oil off the coast of Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara. Morocco annexed the territory following Spain’s withdrawal in 1975. A UN-brokered ceasefire was reached between Morocco and the Polisario Front, on the condition that a referendum about self-determination be held. No referendum has been held to this day, and supporters of Sahrawi self-determination say that Morocco is strengthening its control over the region by granting oil contracts. The Polisario Front considers the licences granted to French Total and American Kosmos to prospect for oil illegal. Continue reading
Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan sign an agreement on homogenizing the oil export mechanism to increase efficiency, meanwhile ceasing export of Kurdistani oil until an agreement is settled upon. Turkey flexes diplomatic muscle in the affair and the incident is further evidence of Kurdistan as a political actor in the region.