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OPL 245: Nigeria files $1.1 bln London lawsuit against Shell, Eni over oil deal

Nigeria files $1.1 bln London lawsuit against Shell, Eni over oil deal

* Nigeria also suing JPMorgan over transfers for same deal 

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) – The Nigerian government said it had filed a $1.1 billion lawsuit against Royal Dutch Shell and Eni in a commercial court in London on Thursday in relation to a 2011 oilfield deal.

The OPL 245 oilfield is also at the heart of an ongoing corruption trial in Milan in which former and current Shell and Eni officials are on the bench.

Milan prosecutors allege bribes totalling around $1.1 billion were paid to win the licence to explore the field which, because of disputes, has never entered into production.

The new London case also relates to payments made by the companies to get the OPL 245 oilfield licence in 2011.

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