Circle Oil Suffers Temporary Production Dip in Morocco Due to Earthquake

Oil and gas exploration and production company Circle Oil is suffering from a temporary reduction in gas production rates in Morocco due to a recent earthquake near the town of Kenitra.

The incident resulted in the temporary closure of an Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM)-owned and operated gas pipeline spur. This pipeline spur was used to transport some of the gas produced in the Sebou field, which is owned by Circle Oil Maroc (the operator of the field with a working interest of 75 percent) and ONHYM (which holds a working interest of 25 percent in the field).

There were no injuries associated with the incident and the pipeline has been closed as a precaution while the situation is assessed and repairs are implemented. Production from the field continues through Circle's separate pipeline system at production rates roughly 70 percent of previous levels.

“The reduction in gas flow rates is expected to be temporary and a further announcement will be made in due course,” said Circle Oil in a company statement.



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