Bemolanga is a large oil sands deposit in the onshore Morondava Basin in the west part of Madagascar. The deposit was discovered in the early 1900s but was known to locals for centuries. The field is located north of the Tsimiroro heavy oil field and east of the town of Morafenobe.
An American entity based in Houston Texas (USA), MADAGASCAR OIL (MOIL), began further investigation in 2006 and the French company TOTAL joined the project in 2008 as a 60% partner.
Together, they become the operator and will explore the Block 3102 in Bemolanga which is located approximately 170 km from the west coast of Madagascar.
Melaky, the region in the Central Western part of Madagascar, is one of the poorest regions of the island nation. The tar sands deposits adjoin two vital national parks, and also are in the most arid part of the country. Over 100.000 villagers live in the region near Tsimiroro and Bemolangas proposed and existing tar sand operations.
MOIL & TOTALs proposed tar sands operation in Madagascar is potentially one of the dirtiest mining operation its kind in the world, in a region where the local people have few options but to live next to it.