A Moroccan court has placed the country’s sole refiner Samir into administration. Trading in the company’s shares has been suspended since its 200,000 b/d Mohammedia plant halted operations last August when the Moroccan authorities froze Samir’s bank accounts over a MD13bn ($1.33bn) tax claim. Rabat estimates Samir’s total debt at MD44bn ($4.51bn).

Samir is 67.3%-owned by Sweden-registered Coral Petroleum, which in turn is owned by Saudi businessman Muhammad Husain...