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OPL245 Scandal: Coalition urges World Bank group not to protect oil giants

OPL245 Scandal: Coalition urges World Bank group not to protect oil giants

…prosecutions relating to the OPL 245 deal are live in two jurisdictions (Nigeria and Italy); Investigations are also live in The Netherlands, where the prosecutors have told Royal Dutch Shell, which was also a party to the deal that they have sufficient evidence to prosecute. 

By Press Release: November 22, 2020

A World Bank affiliated group may scuttle Nigeria’s bid to successfully prosecute illicit funds associated with the controversial OPL 245, a coalition of international anti-corruption groups has said. read more

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Nigeria case against JP Morgan over OPL 245 oil deal to go to trial

Nigeria case against JP Morgan over OPL 245 oil deal to go to trial

Julia Payne: 12 July 2020

LONDON (Reuters) – A lawsuit launched by the Nigerian government against U.S. bank JP Morgan Chase, claiming over $1.7 billion (1.29 billion pounds) for its role in a disputed 2011 oilfield deal, will proceed to trial, London’s high court ruled on Thursday.

The suit filed in the English courts in 2017 relates to the purchase of the offshore OPL 245 oilfield in Nigeria by oil majors Royal Dutch Shell RDsa.L and Eni ENI.MI in 2011, which is the subject of an ongoing trial in Milan. read more

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FACTBOX-Legal cases sparked by Nigerian OPL 245 oilfield licence

FACTBOX-Legal cases sparked by Nigerian OPL 245 oilfield licence

LONDON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – One of the oil industry’s biggest court cases over alleged corruption in Nigeria involves an offshore oilfield licence known as OPL 245, which Royal Dutch Shell and Italy’s Eni bought in 2011.

Italian prosecutors allege that most of the payment for the licence was siphoned off to politicians and middlemen.

Shell and Eni and the managers accused in the Milan court case, including Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi, have all denied any wrongdoing. read more

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Analysis: Will Nigeria yield in oil deal wrestling bout with Shell and Eni?

Analysis: Will Nigeria yield in oil deal wrestling bout with Shell and Eni?

By Lionel Faull: 27 October 2020

High profile courtroom dramas involving multiple sides often have the feel of a WWE Smackdown wrestling match: titanic egos clashing with each other, trying to batter their foes into submission. The fighters forge alliances, and the argy-bargy can sometimes spill out of the ring and break out elsewhere in the auditorium.

An epic international corruption trial that is now drawing to a close under the glamourous lights of Milan is a case in point. read more

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US Firm Funding Nigeria Litigation Against Eni and Shell

US Firm Funding Nigeria Litigation Against Eni and Shell

Shell and Eni have been on trial in Milan since 2018.

by Bloomberg | William Clowes & Alberto Brambilla | Wednesday, October 14, 2020

(Bloomberg) — Eni SpA is seeking documents from a U.S. investment firm helping Nigeria sue it and Royal Dutch Shell Plc for more than $1 billion over an energy deal at the center of a criminal corruption trial.

Eni claims that “undisclosed interests” are driving the Nigerian government’s litigation strategy “at the expense of Eni’s contractual rights and the national interest of Nigeria.” The Italian oil company wants permission to subpoena information from the investment firm, Drumcliffe Partners LLC, to help its defense in the corruption trial in Milan, which Nigeria has joined as a civil party. read more

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OPL 245: Eni seeks World Bank arbitration in Nigeria oilfield dispute

OPL 245, an offshore field awarded to the two oil companies in 2011, is the subject of multiple court cases worldwide, including a criminal case in Milan in which the Nigerian government alleges roughly $1.1 billion of payments from the companies was siphoned to politicians and middlemen.

Eni seeks World Bank arbitration in Nigeria oilfield dispute

MILAN/LAGOS (Reuters) – Eni ENI.MI has filed a request for arbitration against Nigeria at the World Bank’s dispute settlement body and plans to argue that the country’s failure to allow it to exploit an oilfield it acquired with Royal Dutch Shell RDSa.L nearly a decade ago breaches their investment agreement, court documents show.

OPL 245, an offshore field awarded to the two oil companies in 2011, is the subject of multiple court cases worldwide, including a criminal case in Milan in which the Nigerian government alleges roughly $1.1 billion of payments from the companies was siphoned to politicians and middlemen. Shell and Eni have denied any wrongdoing. read more

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Op-ed: A $100 billion Big Oil divestiture plan is coming

Op-ed: A $100 billion Big Oil divestiture plan is coming

Tore Guldbrandsøy, senior vice president, and Ilka Haarmann, analyst, at Rystad Energy   KEY POINTS
  • The largest oil and gas companies, including ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron and BP, are projected to sell a combined $100 billion in oil and gas assets around the world as they focus on top-performing regions, particularly the U.S. shale, according to a new analysis from consulting firm Rystad Energy.
  • Climate change and renewable energy investments are forces that these Big Oil firms need to respond to strategically, but their own carbon divestiture campaigns will be motivated by factors distinct from the push from climate activists. 

Energy transition has climbed towards the top of the agenda in the boardrooms of the world’s largest oil and gas companies. With electrification and renewable energy on the rise, Big Oil is striving to adapt to a transformation that could eventually render their business obsolete if they don’t latch on to the opportunities it brings. The result could be a massive sell-off of assets as the biggest petroleum players concentrate their oil and gas production to the countries where oil and gas is cheapest and easiest to produce. read more

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The Evidence: Classified files shed light on JP Morgan role in ‘corrupt’ oil deal payout

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The Evidence: Classified files shed light on JP Morgan role in ‘corrupt’ oil deal payout

by Margot Gibbs and Lionel Faull: October 1, 2020

Classified documents from Britain’s financial crime agency have revealed how it allowed JP Morgan to pay $875 million of suspicious funds to a Nigerian politician widely known as a convicted money launderer.

The documents, rarely seen Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs), were filed by the banking giant’s London branch as it raised concerns about huge payments it was being asked to make by the Nigerian government to Dan Etete, the country’s former petroleum minister. read more

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LARGEST CASE IN INDUSTRY’S HISTORY Nigeria Eni/Shell corruption case: Future of Eni’s CEO at stake

LARGEST CASE IN INDUSTRY’S HISTORY

Nigeria Eni/Shell corruption case: Future of Eni’s CEO at stake

By Christophe Le Bec
Posted on Thursday, 24 September 2020 18:22

The highly publicised corruption trial which alleges that oil majors Eni and Shell took part in an unlawful acquisition – that of the OPL 245 oil licence in Nigeria – entered its final phase on Monday, 21 September in Milan, with the defence presenting its case.

Key business and political figures were set to go before the Italian court in relation to a Nigerian business deal dating back to the early 2000s. The corruption case is one of the largest in the oil industry’s history. read more

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Exclusive: Shell launches major cost-cutting drive to prepare for energy transition

Exclusive: Shell launches major cost-cutting drive to prepare for energy transition

LONDON (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell is looking to slash up to 40% off the cost of producing oil and gas in a major drive to save cash so it can overhaul its business and focus more on renewable energy and power markets, sources told Reuters.

Shell’s new cost-cutting review, known internally as Project Reshape and expected to be completed this year, will affect its three main divisions and any savings will come on top of a $4 billion target set in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. read more

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Nigeria: ENI Kicks As Govt Demands U.S.$1.1 Billion Advance From Shell, Italian Giant in OPL 245 Case

Nigeria: ENI Kicks As Govt Demands U.S.$1.1 Billion Advance From Shell, Italian Giant in OPL 245 Case

10 SEPTEMBER 2020: This Day (Lagos)

The Nigerian government yesterday asked a court in Milan, Italy, to order Royal Dutch Shell and Eni to pay the sum of $1.092 billion as an immediate advance payment for damages in the Malabu oil scandal, one of the oil industry’s biggest-ever corruption scandals.During the hearing of the corruption allegation linked to the acquisition of the Oil Prospecting Lease (OPL) 245 offshore field, lawyer to the federal government, asked for advance payment ahead of a more comprehensive damages package to be decided by the court at a later date. read more

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Nigeria asks for $1.1 bln advance from Eni, Shell for damages in graft case

Nigeria asks for $1.1 bln advance from Eni, Shell for damages in graft case

by Reuters: Wednesday, 9 September 2020 

MILAN, Sept 8 (Reuters) – Nigeria asked a Milan court on Wednesday to order Eni and Royal Dutch Shell to pay $1.092 billion as an immediate advance payment for damages in one of the oil industry’s biggest-ever corruption scandals.

At a hearing into alleged corruption around the 2011 acquisition by Eni and Shell of the OPL 245 offshore field, Lucio Lucia, lawyer for the Nigerian government, called for the advance payment ahead of a broader damages package to be set by the court at a later date. read more

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Malabu: Canadian court dismisses Etete’s appeal over seized jet

Malabu: Canadian court dismisses Etete’s appeal over seized jet

SEPT 5, 2020

A court of appeal in Canada has thrown out an appeal by a former Nigerian Minister of Petroleum, Dauzia Etete, to recover his private jet which the federal government got impounded in that country.

Justice Robert Mainville during a virtual court hearing declared that Etete could not have the Bombardier Global 6000 jet back because he failed to challenge the allegations levelled at him by the Nigerian government. read more

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OPL 245: Canadian judge dismisses suit challenging Nigeria’s grounding of Etete’s jet

Malabu Oil Deal: Canadian judge dismisses suit challenging Nigeria’s grounding of Etete’s jet

A Canadian judge on Thursday dismissed an application seeking leave to appeal the judgement that confirmed the grounding of a luxury private jet purchased by a former Nigerian oil minister, Dan Etete, with some of the alleged proceeds of the controversial $1.3 billion Malabu OPL245 oil deal.

The suit was filed before the court by Tibit Limited, an anonymously owned company incorporated in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), claiming ownership of the jet. read more

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Oil companies wipe $87bn off value of fossil fuel reserves as demand plunges during pandemic

With oil prices expected to stay low, big producers are grappling with lower profits and the prospect of a quicker transition to renewable energy

Ben Chapman @b_c_chapman: 18 August 2020

Seven of the world’s largest oil firms have wiped almost $90bn (£69bn) off the value of their fossil fuel reserves as the coronavirus pandemic sent demand plunging.

Royal Dutch Shell, BP, Total, Chevron, Repsol, Eni and Equinor have written down their oil and gas assets by $87bn over the past nine months, with $55bn coming in the latest financial quarter, analysis by climate think tank Carbon Tracker found. read more

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Europe’s Big Oil Companies Are Turning Electric

Under pressure from governments and investors, industry leaders like BP and Shell are accelerating their production of cleaner energy.

By : Aug. 17, 2020, 3:00 a.m. ET

This may turn out to be the year that oil giants, especially in Europe, started looking more like electric companies.

Late last month, Royal Dutch Shell won a deal to build a vast wind farm off the coast of the Netherlands. Earlier in the year, France’s Total, which owns a battery maker, agreed to make several large investments in solar power in Spain and a wind farm off Scotland. Total also bought an electric and natural gas utility in Spain and is joining Shell and BP in expanding its electric vehicle charging business. read more

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