A temporary reduction in gas flow rates has hit the Kingdom of Morocco following a recent earth quake near the town of Kentira, RigZone informed.
The incident resulted in the shut down of an Office National des Hydrocarbures et des Mines (ONHYM)-owned and operated pipeline spur which was used to transport natural gas from Kentira’s Sebou field.
According to United Press International, 30% of the Ireland-based company’s regional output was affected by the disruption. On the other hand, Circle Oil Maroc confirmed there were no injuries associated with the earth’s movement adding: “the pipeline has been closed as a precaution while the situation is assessed and repairs are implemented.”
Both Circle Maroc and ONHYM operate Sebou field with working interests of 75% and 25% respctively.
Morocco holds about 20bcf of recoverable shale oil and natural gas reserves, though remains a net importer of fossil fuels.