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Oil Exploration Planned Again Off South Africa’s West Coast

  • Searcher Seismic seeks authorization for exploration activity
  • Earlier, separate survey was blocked in court by local groups
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Searcher Seismic Ltd. is planning a survey looking for oil offshore South Africa, months after it called off an earlier search due to a court challenge.

The company is applying for authorization to carry out the activity in multiple oil and gas blocks and ultra-deep water off the country’s west coast, according to its assessment practitioner, Environmental Impact Management Services. The survey is planned to take place as close as 218 kilometers (135 miles) offshore South Africa, a background document showed.