Sterling and ExxonMobil Offshore in Ampasindava, Madagascar


The Ampasindava block is located in the Majunga deep water basin, offshore north-west Madagascar.

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Basic Data
NameSterling and ExxonMobil Offshore in Ampasindava, Madagascar
ProvinceMahajanga Basin
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Oil and gas exploration and extraction
Specific CommoditiesCrude oil
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThe Ampasindava block is located in the Majunga deep water basin, offshore north-west Madagascar.

The area: 7,379 km²

The production sharing contract (PSC) for Ampasindava is held by Sterling (30% working interest) and ExxonMobil (70% working interest and operator).

Estimate prospective resources of 1.2 billion barrels
Project Area (in hectares)737,900
Level of Investment (in USD)100,000,000
Type of PopulationUrban
Start Date01/02/2009
End Date12/05/2015
Company Names or State EnterprisesExxonMobil Corporation (Exxon) from United States of America
Sterling Energy from United Kingdom
Relevant government actorsPresidence of Madagascar

Economic Development Board of Madagascar (EDBM)

Office of National Mines and Strategic Industries (OMNIS)

The National Environment Office (ONE)

Mines and Hydrocarbons Ministry

Malagasy Environment Ministry
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LATENT (no visible organising at the moment)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingNeighbours/citizens/communities
Recreational users
Fisher people
Forms of MobilizationDevelopment of a network/collective action
Media based activism/alternative media
Objections to the EIA
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Other Environmental impacts, Noise pollution
Potential: Global warming, Oil spills
OtherMass stranding and death of melon-headed whales due to noise pollution
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures
Project StatusStopped
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseProject cancelled
Development of AlternativesStop the offshoring until Madagascar has a law.
Do you consider this as a success?Yes
Why? Explain briefly.ExxonMobil and Sterling have signed the relevant documentation with OMNIS to relinquish the Ampasindava Block, Madagascar.
Sources and Materials

Southall B, Rowles T, Gulland F, Baird R, and Jepson P, 2013, Final report of the independent Scientific Review. Panel Investigating potential contributin factors to a 2008 mass stranding of melon-headed whales (Peponocephala electra) in Antsohihy, Madagascar. International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), 75 pages
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ExxonMobil Oil and Gas Exploration Is Root Cause of Whale Deaths in Madagascar
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Madagascar's oil interests at the highest point the US
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ExxonMobil and Sterling quit Madagascar block
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Ocean noise cited in '08 whale mass stranding off the coast of Madagascar
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A mass stranding of dolphins caused by a sonar
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Nosy Be, the island of oil perfumes ?
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Relinquishment of the Ampasindava Block
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Other Documents

A melon-headed whale stranded in the Loza Lagoon system in Madagascar
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A melon-headed whale stranded in Madagascar
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A melon-headed whale stranded in Madagascar
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