Lightly drilled Morocco gears up for more exploration

Exploratory drilling should pick up in Morocco during the next 2 years.Companies that already hold exploration or reconnaissance rights in Morocco include Shell, Lasmo, Enterprise, Conoco, Kerr-McGee, Vanco, Energy Africa, Taurus, Vanguard (formerly Cabre), Lone Star, and Samir.Morocco's state Onarep opened a bidding round for 3 shelf blocks and 8 deepwater blocks in the Atlantic Ocean between Rabat and Safi. The round opened Oct. 30. It will close Apr. 30, 2001, and successful companies are to be announced by July 30. Click here to enlarge imageOnarep Director-General Amina Benkhadra said the decision to launch the round now "is based on the interpretation of 7,750 km of seismic sho...

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