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Geoex Ltd, a geological services company based in Kent, has been helping Moroccan state oil company OHNYM survey for gas and oil off the coast of Western Sahara. Western Sahara has been illegally occupied by Morocco since 1975, making such exploration illegal as it takes place without the consent of the Saharawi people.

Western Sahara Resource Watch wrote to Geoex in July urging it to stop acquiring or selling Saharawi seafloor data .

(Seismic study group TGS-Nopec ended offshore exploration in Western Sahara after a divestment campaign by the Norwegian Western Sahara Committee led to a fall in its share price.)

Write to: Geoex Ltd, Global House, 1 Ashley Avenue, Epsom KT18 5AD.

Meanwhile, the campaign to halt illegal phosphate exports from Western Sahara has made progress. In August, US company Nutrien announced it will halt its phosphate imports from the territory at the end of 2018.

In January, there will only be three companies (down from 15) importing this conflict rock: Paradip (India) and Ballance Agri-Nutrients and Ravensdown (both in New Zealand).

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Topics: Western Sahara