Exploration & Production

Gas find ups political pressure in Western Sahara

Following the San Leon gas shows in the disputed territory of Western Sahara, international organisations have issued legal opinions on natural resource extraction Following the San Leon gas shows in the disputed territory of Western Sahara, international organisations have issued legal opinions on natural resource extraction.
By Astrid Madsen 27 October 2015 0 18068
Moroccans protesting against Sweden’s position on Western Sahara. The UN called for consultation with locals. (PA)

San Leon announced in September that it had found gas onshore in the disputed territory of Western Sahara, but the ensuing protests suggest further development will be far from straightforward.

"Pressure is increasing because of the announcement," said Mark McLoughlin of the Western Sahara Resource Watch, a group that lobbies for companies to stop operations in the disputed territory.

Western Sahara is defined by the UN as a ‘non-self-governing territory’ which, according to legislation, means the Saharawis have a right to self-determination and to exploit...