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May 2018: SDX Energy (operator, 75%) announced a conventional natural gas discovery in Miocene sandstones at its LMS-1 exploration well on the Lalla Mimouna permit. The well is being completed as a producer and will be perforated and tested. This was the last well in a 9-well drilling program.

Apr 2018: SDX Energy (operator, 75%) announced a gas discovery at the LNB-1 well on the Lalla Mimouna permit. The primary target was the Lafkerena sequence, where 300m of gas pay was encountered; a new petroleum system in the area.  The secondary target, the Upper Dlalha, also contained gas and has been completed as a producer while the Lafkerena is suspended for testing.

Mar 2018: SDX Energy announced that a gas discovery has been made at its SAH-2 well on the Sebou permit. The well encountered 5.2 m of net gas pay across two zones in the Guebbas and Hoot formations. It will be completed, tested and connected to existing infrastructure.


No significant news in 2017.


Aug 2016: Sound Energy (operator, 27.5%) announced that it has made a significant commercial gas discovery at the Tendrara well (TE-6). The company is now preparing to drill a second well at TE-7 using sub-horizontal drilling techniques. This will be followed by an extended well test.

Jun 2016: Sound Energy announced that the onshore Tendrara appraisal well (TE-6) has been drilled to total depth and will be tested. Significant gas shows have been seen with a gross gas pay of 89m. The rig will drill the TE-7 site provided TE6 yields gas after stimulating the reservoir.

Jan 2016: Cairn has relinquished the offshore Foum Draa and Juby Maritime permits following disappointing drilling results.


Oct 2015: Circle Oil announced a gas discovery at the Caid El Gaddari (CGD-13) well on the Sebou Permit. It will be produced through the pipeline to Kenitra. The 2014/15 drilling has seen 7 wells in Sebou and 3 in Lalla Mimouna, recording 6 discoveries with 5 in the Sebou permit.

Oct 2015: Circle Oil has tested gas in the KSR-A well in the Ksiri Central production concession of the Sebou permit. The well will be tied back to the Sebou pipeline linked to the industrial area of Kenitra. Partenrs in the Sebou permit are Circle (operator, 75%) and ONHYM (25%).

Jun 2015: Circle Oil (operator, 75%) tested gas at LAM-1, the first well on the Lalla Mimouna permit, which targeted Miocene gas-bearing sands similar to the Sebou Permit to the south. The rig has will now drill the ANS-2 well, the second on Lalla Mimouna. ONHYM holds 25%.

May 2015: Circle Oil announced positive results of testing well SAH-W1 in the onshore Sebou Permit drilled in June 2014. The rig is moving to the nearby Lalla Mimouna permit to drill Circle's first well here, called LAM-1. This will be the fifth well of the current drilling campaign.

Feb 2015: Gulfsands Petroleum announced the Douar Ouled Balkhair-1 gas exploration well (DOB-1) within the Rharb Centre Permit in Northern Morocco  as a gas discovery. It has been suspended as a future gas production well. The first 2 wells drilled on this permit (LTU-1 and DRC-1) were also successful in finding gas.


Oct 2014: Circle Oil has announced preliminary results of well CGD-12 in the onshore Sebou Permit  4 kms south of the main gas gathering station. Net gas pay is 9.7m and the well will be completed for future production. This is the second of a 6 well program in the Sebou permit coupled with 6 wells in the Lalla Mimouna permit.

Jul 2014: The Lalla Yetou Updip-1well (LTU-1) operated by Gulfsands in the Rharb Centre Permit flowed gas to surface with no formation water. It will be temporarily suspended as a future gas producer. This well is the first to be drilled following interpretation of seismic data acquired in the Rharb 3D programme.

Jun 2014: Circle Oil has announced results of well SAH-W1 in the onshore Sebou Permit, 3.2 kms SW of the gas gathering station. The well encountered gas within the target Guebbas sands. It will be tested and completed for production once liner has been obtained. This is the first of a 6-well programme with ONHYM in the permit coupled with another 6-wells in the Lalla Mimouna permit.

Mar 2014: Genel reports that the Cairn-operated JM-1 well on the Cap Juby prospect in the Juby Maritime III block in 110m of water has encountered oil shows in the Upper Jurassic, as originally tested by the 1968 MO-2 (Cap Juby) well. The primary objective is 1,000m deeper. Wells are also planned on the Sidi Moussa and Mir Left licences during 2014 using the Noble Paul Romano semisub.

Jan 2014: Longreach has encountered natural gas in the Koba-1 well. Longreach is operator with 50%, along with ONHYM and MPE (25% carried interest each). However, as a result of damage to the reservoir zone, Longreach is unable to reliably quantify reservoir quality. The Koba structure is the first prospect to be drilled in Longreach's exploration program.


Dec 2013: Cairn will plug and abandon its FD-1 exploration well in 1,500m of water in the Foum Draa block after failing to encounter any reservoirs. The next well in Cairn exploration programme is in the Juby Maritime III block in 100m of water where the primary objective is 1,000m below the 1969 Cap Juby oil discovery.

Oct 2013: Kosmos has entered into farm-out agreements with BP covering 3 blocks in the Agadir Basin; Essaouira Offshore, Foum Assaka Offshore and Tarhazoute Offshore. BP will drill 1 exploration well in each block with an option for a second. The Agadir Basin is an under-explored salt basin along the Atlantic Margin. The 3 contiguous blocks have water depths up to 3,000m.

Sep 2013: A drilling campaign will start offshore Morocco with a well spudded on the Foum Draa block in October and on the Sidi Moussa block in early 2014. The well on the Foum Draa block operated by Cairn Energy is targeting the Fig prospect.

Jul 2013: Gulfsands Petroleum has undertaken seismic programmes on the Rharb and Fes permits, north western Morocco. The Company is planning to drill one and possibly a second well on the Fes permit area during 2014 and will commence drilling in September 2013 the first well in a five well campaign in the Rharb permit focusing on shallow gas anomalies identified in Miocene sands.

Feb 2013: San Leon Energy carried out a study of the Tarfaya Oil Shale with a view to pursuing a surface retorting project. The yield results suggest an oil yield of 72 litres of oil per ton of material is achievable and modeling confirms that a commercial operation is possible. Further work is now focused on the configuration of a plant based around the Enefit 280 process and seeking partners to build a 5,000 to 10,000 bbls per day facility. Morocco has one of the largest oil shale reserves in the world.

Jan 2013: Chevron has signed petroleum agreements with Morocco's Office National Des Hydrocarbures Et Des Mines for 3 offshore areas. Chevron will acquire seismic data and conduct studies in  areas known as Cap Rhir Deep, Cap Cantin Deep and Cap Walidia Deep located 100 to 200 kms west and northwest of Agadir in water depths between 100 m and 4500 m.


Oct 2012: Chariot Oil & Gas has entered an agreement for 75% in Rabat Deep 50 kms offshore in water depths from 150 to 3,500m adjacent to the company’s Loukos and Casablanca/Safi licences. Chariot will partner the Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM), the national oil company, which will participate with a 25% carried interest. The Agreement consists of an initial 3 year period of seismic acquisition. One well has already been drilled in the block.

Aug 2012: Cairn announced it would farm into the Foum Draa Block. It already holds an interest and operatorship of the Juby Maritime license, adjacent to Foum Draa.  The Foum Draa Block lies off southern Morocco in water depths up to 2000m. Two prospects have been identified and the first well is expected in late 2013, followed by several more elsewhere in shallow and deep waters. Genel has also agreed to farm into the Sidi Moussa block in return for funding a well.

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