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Explosive allegations around Shell and Eni’s OPL 245 deal

The Italian paper Il Fatto has published a piece with some explosive allegations about the OPL 245 deal being made by the Milan prosecutors’ at the conclusion of their investigation into Eni and Shell’s role in the OPL 245 case.

Pdf of the related Milan prosecutors notice OPL 245 investigation

Comments on this development are as follows: 

“Shady deals allow corrupt elites to profit at the expense of ordinary citizens.  Shell and Eni now have to answer to the Italian courts, the public and their shareholders for their part in the corrupt deal for OPL 245 – oil companies can’t get away with this kind of behaviour any longer” said Barnaby Pace, Campaigner at Global Witness. 

“The move by Milan prosecutors today vindicates what we have believed since we filed our complaint in 2013, that the OPL 245 deal is a case of grand corruption.  Eni, Shell and their managers should be held accountable for any wrongdoing”, said Antonio Tricarico of Re:Common in Italy.

Nick Hildyard of The Corner House said “We applaud the work the Milan prosecutor has done to conclude this complex but important investigation. Breaking the cycle of corruption depends on all parties to corrupt deals being held accountable without fear or favour.” and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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