Sidi Kacem

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Sidi Kacem
Sidi Kacem is located in Morocco
Sidi Kacem
Location in Morocco
Coordinates: 34°13′N 5°42′W / 34.217°N 5.700°W / 34.217; -5.700Coordinates: 34°13′N 5°42′W / 34.217°N 5.700°W / 34.217; -5.700
Country  Morocco
Region Gharb-Chrarda-Beni Hssen
Population (2004)
 • Total 74,062
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1)

Sidi Kacem (Arabic: سيدي قاسم‎) is a city in Morocco. It is located at around 34°13′0″N 5°42′0″W / 34.21667°N 5.70000°W / 34.21667; -5.70000. During the French period, it was called Petitjean, after a French captain who was killed in May 1911 during the "pacification" of Morocco. Oil drilling exploration commenced in the vicinity of Sidi Kacem by the French in 1934; production of crude oil began locally in 1939.[1]

Slightly to the south of Sidi Kacem, in antiquity, Volubilis was an important Roman town near the westernmost border of the Roman Empire. It was built on the site of a previous Carthaginian settlement from the third century BC, if not earlier.[2]


  1. ^ British Petroleum Company, Our Industry, Petroleum: A Handbook, Published 1977, 600 pages
  2. ^ C.Michael Hogan, Volubilis, Megalithic Portal, ed. A. Burnham (2007)