Law No. 2010-033 defines:
- the legal and fiscal regime for the research, exploitation, pipeline transport and storage of hydrocarbons, as well as the works and installations enabling their exercise;
- the institutional framework for carrying out, regulating, and controlling the above-mentioned activities;
- the rights and obligations of the people carrying out one or more of the above-mentioned activities.
Under this law, every development plan must be the subject to an environmental impact study. The impact assessment must be submitted to the Minister for the Environment for approval in accordance with the regulations in force on the environment (Article 36).
Article 40 aims at minimizing emissions from associated gas flaring, it prohibits flaring except for safety reasons, during start-up phases or upon special authorisation by the Ministry.
Laws n˚2011-044 and 2015-016 modify and supplement this law.