TRIPOLI Dec 26 Libya-based Tamoil Africa said
on Wednesday it had won a licence to explore for oil in Chad but
denied media reports it had a plan to invest in oil exploration
in the disputed Western Sahara.
"Tamoil Africa had reached a deal with the Chadian
government and was awarded an oil exploration permit on three
areas Irdiss 1, Idriss 2 and Wadjadou 1 which are located near
the border with Libya," it said in a statement.
Tamoil Africa, a diversified energy company active in
countries including Egypt, Chad, Niger and Mali, added:
"The company denies emphatically some media reports about an
oil investment deal in Western Sahara. It did not sign any
agreement on oil exploration permits in Western Sahara and it
has no plan to invest in any oil operations there."
Investing in Western Sahara is a sensitive issue for any
Libyan company because the Tripoli government takes a neutral
stand on the conflict pitting the Algeria-backed Polisario Front
independence movement against Morocco.
(Reporting by Salah Sarrar; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)