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The expanding Malabu quagmire

Adekunle Ade- Adeleye: March 19, 2017

IT will get to a point where OPL 245, the lucrative oil block with multiple, feuding owners, will not even recognise itself, not to talk of its owners. The block, believed to contain more than nine billion barrels of crude oil and much more natural gas, has an illustrious and convoluted history that began controversially in 1998 when the Gen Sani Abacha government awarded it to Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd, a company in which an Abacha son, a diplomat, and oil minister at the time, Dan Etete, had interests. In 2002, it was revoked by the Olusegun Obasanjo presidency and awarded to Shell, thereby prompting Malabu to sue the government and the new owners. To settle out of court, the oil block was again revoked and given back to Malabu in 2006. Naturally Shell also went to court, and in 2011 the block reverted to Shell which paid $1.3bn to the Nigerian government, $1.1bn of which was transferred to Malabu. Dizzying, complex back and forth, and labyrinthine.

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Nigerian court overturns seizure of oilfield from Shell and Eni

Nigerian court overturns seizure of oilfield from Shell and Eni

By ReutersPUBLISHED: 09:48, 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 10:18, 17 March 2017

ABUJA, March 17 (Reuters) – A Nigerian court on Friday overturned a request by Nigeria’s financial crimes agency to seize an oilfield from Royal Dutch Shell and Eni.

In January, a court had ordered the seizure of the OPL 245 oil block and transfer of operations to the federal government on the request of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Oil companies Shell and Eni had filed motions to dispute this.

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Nigerian court adjourns Shell, ENI dispute until March 17

By Camillus Eboh

ABUJA, March 13 (Reuters) – A Nigerian court case in which Royal Dutch Shell and Italy’s Eni are seeking to have a government seizure of a long-disputed oilfield lifted has been adjourned until March 17, a judge said on Monday.

The court in January ordered the temporary seizing of assets and the transfer of operations of the OPL 245 field owned by Shell and Eni, among others, to the federal government on request of the EFCC financial crime agency.

The inquiry is investigating whether the $1.3 billion purchase of OPL 245 involved “acts of conspiracy, bribery, official corruption and money laundering”, court papers seen by Reuters in January showed.

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Shell and Eni face corruption charges over Nigerian deal

The companies are accused of a paying a Nigerian politician $801 million for a block that he was awarded for a token sum: DAVID BEBBER/THE TIMES

Emily Gosden, Energy Editor: March 4, 2017

Royal Dutch Shell and Eni have been charged with corruption over their $1.3 billion acquisition of a huge oil exploration block off the coast of Nigeria.

Prosecutors in the west African country allege that the companies corruptly gave $801 million to individuals including Dan Etete, a former Nigerian energy minister, and Malabu, a company linked to Mr Etete, to which he had awarded the block for a token sum while he was minister.

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Nigeria charges oil majors Shell, Eni with corruption

By AFPPUBLISHED: 22:33, 2 March 2017 

Nigeria’s anti-graft agency on Thursday filed corruption charges against oil majors Shell and Eni over a $1.3 billion offshore block deal.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) accused 11 defendants of “official corruption”, according to court documents.

Shell, Eni and Agip, Eni’s Nigerian subsidiary, are alleged to have corruptly given the “aggregate sum of $801 million” to Nigerian businessmen and politicians.

This is the latest probe into the controversial 2011 oil deal that highlights endemic corruption within the sector.

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Nigeria files new charges against Shell, Eni, others over 2011 oilfield purchase – court documents

Nigeria’s financial crime watchdog has filed new corruption charges against Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Eni SpA and others regarding the $1.3 billion purchase of a long-disputed oilfield in 2011, according to court documents released on Thursday.

The charges of conspiracy to commit a felony and official corruption were made after an investigation by Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) found new evidence, Jonson Ojogbane, an EFCC senior prosecutor named in the documents, told Reuters by telephone.

Shell and Eni did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The case is the latest of several inquiries, following those by Dutch and Italian authorities, into the 2011 purchase of Nigerian oil prospecting licence OPL 245 block, which could hold up to 9.23 billion barrels of oil, according to industry figures.

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Nigerian court to rule on March 13 on Shell, ENI dispute with authorities

“acts of conspiracy, bribery, official corruption and money laundering.”

By Camillus Eboh | ABUJA

Feb 27 A Nigerian court will rule on March 13 on a request by Royal Dutch Shell and Italy’s Eni to lift the temporary seizing of a long-disputed oilfield, a judge said on Monday.

The court last month ordered the temporary seizing of assets and the transfer of operations of the OPL 245 field owned by Shell and Eni, among others, to the federal government on request of the country’s financial crime agency EFCC.

The case is the latest of several inquiries, following those by Dutch and Italian authorities, into the 2011 purchase of the OPL 245 block, which could hold up to 9.23 billion barrels of oil, according to industry figures.

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Shell says receives indictment request in Nigeria oilfield dispute

Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) said it received notice on Tuesday of a request for indictment related to a 2011 settlement of long-standing disputes over an offshore block in Nigeria (OPL 245) .

The tribunal of Milan has fixed the preliminary hearing for 20 April 2017, the company said in a statement. “We don’t believe a request for indictment is justified and we are confident that this will be determined in the next stages of the proceedings. We continue to take this matter seriously and co-operate with the authorities,” Shell added. Shell and Eni on Tuesday said they have asked a Nigerian court to lift a temporary forfeiture of assets and the transfer of operations of the OPL 245 field owned by Shell and Italy’s Eni (ENI.MI), among others, to the federal government.

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Shell and ENI ask Nigerian court to lift forfeiture on oilfield: documents

Reuters: Shell and ENI ask Nigerian court to lift forfeiture on oilfield: documents

By Camillus Eboh

ABUJA, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Oil majors Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: 0LN9.Lnews) and ENI (LSE: 0N9S.Lnews) have asked a Nigerian court to lift a temporary forfeiture of a long-disputed oilfield, a copy of the court documents filed by the two firms showed on Tuesday.

Last month, a Nigerian court ordered the temporary forfeiture of assets and the transfer of operations of the OPL 245 field owned by Shell (LSE: RDSB.Lnews) and Eni, among others, to the federal government.

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Nigeria: Malabu $1.1 Billion Fraud – Shell, Eni Want Nigeria’s Richest Oil Block Back

Premium Times: Nigeria: Malabu $1.1 Billion Fraud – Shell, Eni Want Nigeria’s Richest Oil Block Back

Although Shell and ENI have repeatedly claimed they did not know the money was going to end up with Malabu, investigations in Nigeria and Italy as well as leaked documents revealed that claim to be false.

14 February 2017

By Evelyn Okakwu

Two multinational oil firms have challenged the propriety of the Nigerian government withdrawing a major oil block from them.

Shell and Eni, through their Nigerian subsidiaries, asked a Federal High Court to reverse an order that revoked the award of OPL 245 to them.

Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court had on January 26 granted an interim order directing the return of the block – Nigeria’s richest, estimated to contain over 9 billion barrels of crude – to the Nigerian government,

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OPL 245: Shell, Agip ask court to dismiss forfeiture order

14 FEB 2017

Abuja – Shell Nigeria Exploration and Nigeria Agip Exploration have asked the Federal High Court, Abuja, to discharge the order of forfeiture of OPL 245 which it granted the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Justice John Tsoho on Jan. 26, granted an order of interim forfeiture of Oil Prospecting Licence (OPL 245) to the Federal Government pending investigation and prosecution of suspects in the $1.1 billion Malabu Oil scam.

At the resumed hearing of the matter on Tuesday, the prosecuting counsel, Mr Johnson Ojogbane, informed the court that he was unable to respond to the two applications filed by the the applicants on the matter.

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Shell, Eni hit with Nigerian oil deal corruption charges

Shell, Eni hit with Nigerian oil deal corruption charges

Joe Sandler Clarke / Energydesk: 13th February 2017

Weeks after a major legal victory in London’s High Court over oil-polluted communities in Nigeria, writes Joe Sandler Clarke, Shell has suffered a dramatic reversal of fortunes as Italian prosecutors charge the company, and Italy’s Eni, on corruption charges over a $1.3 billion oil deal.

Italian prosecutors have charged oil giants Shell and Eni with international corruption offences, as the companies struggle with the fallout from their controversial 2011 purchase of an oil licence in Nigeria.

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Italy prosecutors ask Eni CEO to be sent to trial over Nigeria – sources

REUTERS: Italy prosecutors ask Eni CEO to be sent to trial over Nigeria – sources

Wed Feb 8, 2017 | 6:36pm GMT

Italian prosecutors have asked for the CEO of state-controlled oil major Eni (ENI.MI), Claudio Descalzi, to stand trial over alleged corruption in Nigeria, judicial sources said on Wednesday.

The prosecutors also asked for 10 other people, including former Eni CEO Paolo Scaroni, to be sent for trial along with the Eni and Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) companies, the sources said.

Scaroni was not immediately available for comment. No comment was immediately available from Shell.

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Corruption Currents: Nigeria to Charge Shell, Eni in Oil-Graft Scandal

By SAMUEL RUBENFELD: Jan 30, 2017 5:41 pm ET

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Nigeria seized an oil block and will prosecute petroleum giants Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Eni in a $1.2 billion corruption scandal that has drawn investigators from several countries. Shell declined to comment, and Eni denied wrongdoing. (AP)

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Nigeria Seizes $1.2 Billion Oil Bloc in Shell, Eni Scandal

Nigeria Seizes $1.2 Billion Oil Bloc in Shell, Eni Scandal

By MICHELLE FAUL, ASSOCIATED PRESS

JOHANNESBURG — Jan 27, 2017, 7:31 AM ET

Nigeria is seizing back one of Africa’s richest oil blocs and will prosecute petroleum giants Shell and Eni in a $1.2 billion corruption scandal that has drawn investigators from the United States, Italy, France, Switzerland and Holland, according to a Nigerian Federal High Court document.

The court on Thursday ceded control of Oil Prospecting License 245 to the government while the West African country’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission investigates and prosecutes suspects in the “Malabu Oil scam,” according to a statement from the commission.

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Nigeria Tells Shell, Eni to Temporarily Cede Oil Field Control

by Yinka Ibukun and Elisha Bala-Gbogbo: 27 January 2017

A Nigerian court has ordered Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Eni SpA to cede control of a jointly owned oil license to the government amid an investigation into how they purchased the asset.

The companies’ control of Oil Prospecting License 245 is suspended pending “investigation and prosecution of suspects” including companies and individuals accused of possible “acts of conspiracy, bribery, official corruption and money laundering,” according to documents from the Federal High Court in Abuja.

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Malabu fraud: Why Nigerian Government retrieved OPL 245 from Shell, Eni

Malabu fraud: Why Nigerian Government retrieved OPL 245 from Shell, Eni

January 27, 2017Idris Akinbajo

Nineteen years after it was first awarded to a controversial firm, OPL 245 has reverted back to the federal government.

The block, considered the richest in Africa, is estimated to contain over 9 billion barrels of crude and even larger volume of gas reserves.

For comparison, at Nigeria’s current OPEC oil output quota of 2.2 million barrels per day, OPL 245 alone can provide all Nigeria’s oil production needs for over 11 years.

Formed on April 20, 1998, Malabu was awarded the block 9 days later by the Sani Abacha government, PREMIUM TIMES investigations revealed.

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‘How Etete, Adoke, Shell defrauded Nigeria through Malabu oil deal’

Posted By: Eric Ikhilae, Abuja: January 27, 2017

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) gave details yesterday of how some highly placed Nigerians, including ex-ministers and multinational oil companies allegedly defrauded the country of billions of dollars through the now notorious Malabu oil deal.

The commission also revealed how former Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Mohammed Adoke allegedly aided the payment of $1.2b bribe to ex-Petroleum Resources Minister Dan Etete, using his position in the President Goodluck Jonathan.

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Nigeria court orders temporary transfer of Shell, Eni oilfield

Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:18am GMT

ABUJA (Reuters) – A Nigerian court has ordered the temporary forfeiture of assets and the transfer of operations of a long-disputed oilfield owned by Shell and Eni, among others, to the federal government, court papers released on Thursday showed.

The court orders will last until Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency concludes an investigation into how the current owners acquired oil prospecting licence (OPL) 245, the papers said.

This is the latest of many inquiries, including by Dutch and Italian authorities, into the 2011 purchase of the OPL 245 block which could hold up to 9.23 billion barrels of oil, according to industry figures.

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Kazakhstan, Shell-Eni group continue talks over tax dispute

January 26, 2017

ASTANA (Reuters) – Kazakhstan has agreed to continue talks about a tax dispute with the Karachaganak consortium of oil majors led by Shell (RDSa.L) and Eni (ENI.MI) despite beginning arbitration proceedings, the Kazakh Energy Ministry said on Thursday.

Quoting minister Kanat Bozumbayev, a ministry spokesman said the sides had agreed in December to extend talks by nine months and Kazakhstan might stop the arbitration if it was satisfied with the consortium’s offer.

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Malabu $1.1 billion Scandal: You must prosecute Shell, Eni too, indicted Etete tells Nigerian govt

Samuel Ogundipe: December 29, 2016

Dan Etete, a former Minister of Petroleum caught at the heart of the $1.1 billion Malabu Oil scandal, has accused the Nigerian government of leaving out Shell and Agip in the criminal charges it filed last week.

Mr. Etete said the government erred in pursuing the case against him and others while conspicuously sparing Shell, Total and Agip/Eni even though the three firms “were parties to all the agreements” reached in the OPL 245 oil deal, THISDAY reported on Wednesday, citing a text message exchange it had with Mr. Etete.

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ENI AND SHELL TO BE PROSECUTED OVER OPL 245 $1.1 BILLION CORRUPTION SCANDAL

A translation of a 12-page final report by Italian prosecutors reveals that following an extensive investigation, they intend to prosecute ENI and their apparent accomplice Shell for their roles in the OPL 245 $1.1 billion corruption scandal.

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Shell faces corruption charge threat

Marcus Leroux: December 23, 2016

Royal Dutch Shell faces possible corruption charges over the purchase of a Nigerian oil block.

The world’s second-largest private oil producer, and Eni, the Italian major, are being investigated over their 2011 purchase of an offshore block in Nigeria for $1.3 billion. Milan’s public prosecutor has wrapped up its investigation and Corriere della Sera newspaper reported that it intends to press charges.

The deal attracted criticism because only $210 million ended up in state coffers, with the rest going to Dan Etete, a former energy minister, and his associates. On Tuesday Mr Etete and two others were charged with money laundering in Nigeria in connection with the deal. Mr Etete could not be reached but has maintained his innocence previously.

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Explosive allegations detonate around Shell and Eni’s OPL 245 deal

Italy prosecutors wrap up probe involving Eni CEO over Nigeria – sources

Italian prosecutors have wrapped up a probe into the head of Italian oil major Eni (ENI.MI) and others over alleged corruption in Nigeria, legal and judicial sources said on Thursday.

The probe involves a total of 11 people, including Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi and former CEO Paolo Scaroni, as well as Eni itself and Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L).

It was not immediately possible to reach those involved for comments.

Under Italian law those under investigation have three weeks to show why they should not be charged. Prosecutors gave no indication they intended to drop the case.

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Malabu $1.1 billion fraud: Adoke pledges to make self available for trial

December 22, 2016Evelyn Okakwu

Charged with aiding and abetting money laundering in the $1.1 billion Malabu deal, former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, has denied any wrongdoing.

Mr. Adoke also restated his earlier claim that he represented the government in negotiating a deal between willing parties. He pledged to make himself available for trial.

“I hope to at the appropriate time make myself available to defend the charge for what whatever its worth,” he said from his base in the Netherlands.

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Nigerian lawsuit revives billion-dollar oil scandal

Nigerian lawsuit revives billion-dollar oil scandal

By Associated Press21 December 2016

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency is reviving a five-year-old scandal involving one of Africa’s richest oil blocs, in which a former petroleum minister and his allies allegedly made $1.1 billion dollars and the state oil company $210 million.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission filed suit Tuesday in the federal high court charging former petroleum minister Dan Etete, former justice minister Mohammed Bello Adoke and businessman Aliyu Abubakar with fraud and money laundering of hundreds of millions of dollars in the sale of the bloc. The money came from a Nigerian escrow account at the London branch of JPMorgan Chase, according to the court document.

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Nigeria opens inquiry into disputed oil field

by Mary MorleyWednesday, 14 Dec 2016, 15:08 GMT

Nigeria has opened an investigation into an offshore oil field owned by Royal Dutch Shell (LON:RDSA) and Italy’s Eni, Reuters has reported. The move comes after Dutch and Italian investigators launched their own inquiries into the oil block.

Shell’s share price has been steady in today’s session, having inched 0.26 percent higher to 2,138.50p as of 14:28 GMT. The stock is outperforming the broader London market, with the benchmark FTSE 100 index having slipped marginally into the red and currently standing 0.14 percent worse off at 6,958.93 points. The group’s shares have gained more than 40 percent over the past year, as compared with about an 11.5-percent rise in the Footsie.

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Kashagan oil field allegations ignored by Shell exec Andy Brown?

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By John Donovan

Printed below are extracts from a communication received from a Shell Civil Engineer who, until recently, worked on the construction of the ill-fated Kashagan oil field.

He says his dire warnings in regard to construction issues were escalated to Shell top management, including Andy Brown, but were ignored.

He has also raised the subject of Shell depriving sacked workers tax breaks on redundancy pay. A policy he describes as theft.

The same source supplied related, apparently authentic, Shell emails.

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Kazakh President Says Partners in Shell Oil Field Face Tax Claim

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Nariman Gizitdinov and Torrey Clark: November 24, 2016 — 6:42 AM EST

Kazakhstan’s authorities are looking at whether the Karachaganak oil and gas venture, which includes Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Eni SpA, has unpaid taxes.

“The tax authorities have tax issues — they didn’t pay,” President Nursultan Nazarbayev said in an interview on Tuesday in Astana, without elaborating. He also confirmed the government is now seeking to change how revenue from the field is shared with the companies, which is allowed by the terms of the contract.

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Nigeria reaches a deal to pay $5.1 billion in unpaid bills to oil majors – minister

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By Felix Onuah

Nov 17 Nigeria has reached a deal to pay $5.1 billion in unpaid bills to oil majors including Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil, the minister of state for oil said on Thursday.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the OPEC member’s state oil firm, has amassed a total of $6.8 billion in unpaid bills up to December 2015, so-called cash calls, that it was obliged to pay under joint ventures with Western oil firms, with which it explores for and produces oil.

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Nigeria Reaches $5.1 Billion Debt Settlement With Oil Majors

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By Elisha Bala-Gbogbo and Rakteem Katakey: November 17, 2016

Nigeria reached a $5.1 billion settlement to reimburse foreign oil companies including Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc for past operating costs.

The amount, less than the $6.8 billion previously discussed, will be settled through crude-oil sales over five years and will be interest free, Petroleum Minister Emmanuel Kachikwu told reporters in the capital, Abuja, Thursday.

“What we have been able to put together has enabled us to shave about $1.7 billion in savings for the federal government from the $6.8 billion that was owed,” he said. “The barrels to pay those will come from incremental barrels generated by the oil companies, not from the current 2.2 million-barrel-a-day production.

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FT: Western oil companies reach $5B deal with Nigeria

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Nov. 8, 2016 10:23 AM ET|By: Carl Surran, SA News Editor

Nigeria’s government has reached an outline settlement to resolve a dispute with western energy firms that would pay the companies $5B to cover exploration and production joint venture costs in the country, Financial Times reports.

Nigeria’s petroleum minister tells FT that Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B), ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM), Eni (NYSE:E), Chevron (NYSE:CVX) and Total (NYSE:TOT) accepted the settlement of costs incurred during 2010-15, and hopes a deal can be finalized by year-end.

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Western oil companies reach $5bn deal with Nigeria

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by: Anjli Raval and Maggie Fick in Lagos

Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Nigeria’s minister of state for petroleum resources, told the Financial Times the settlement had been “accepted” by the five companies. It is hoped the deal can be finalised before the end of the year.

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Hold the champagne

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screen-shot-2016-11-03-at-14-50-16By Ed Crooks, November 4, 2016

If you are looking forward to the oil industry recovery, you shouldn’t break out the champagne just yet.

Over the past eight days, the world’s largest listed oil companies have released third quarter earnings reports. From all of them, the message was that while the worst might be over, they were still facing a long hard road ahead.

The snap reactions from the stock market were mixed: positive for  ChevronRoyal Dutch ShellTotal and ConocoPhillips; negative for ExxonMobilBPEniStatoilPetrochina and Cnooc.

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Oil majors pledge $1 billion for technologies to fight climate change

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By Karolin Schaps and Ron Bousso | LONDON

Some of the world’s biggest oil companies, including Saudi Aramco and Royal Dutch Shell, pledged on Friday to invest $1 billion to help fight climate change as a global deal to wean the world off fossil fuels came into force.

The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), which also includes Total, BP, Eni, Repsol, Statoil, CNPC, Pemex [PEMX.UL] and Reliance Industries, has established the Climate Investments fund which will help develop carbon-reducing technologies over the coming ten years.

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Oil majors join forces in climate push with renewable energy fund

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By Ron Bousso | LONDON

Top oil companies including Saudi Aramco and Shell are joining forces to create an investment fund to develop technologies to promote renewable energy, as they seek an active role in the fight against global warming, sources said.

The chief executives of seven oil and gas companies — BP, Eni, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Royal Dutch Shell, Statoil and Total — will announce details of the fund and other steps to reduce greenhouse gases in London on Friday.

The sector faces mounting pressure to take an active role in the fight against global warming, and Friday’s event will coincide with the formal entry into force of the 2015 Paris Agreement to phase out man-made greenhouse gases in the second half of the century.

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Shell’s earnings beat Exxon as oil majors adapt to low prices

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By Ron Bousso and Karolin Schaps | LONDON

Royal Dutch/Shell and BP on Tuesday joined peers in reporting higher than expected earnings by making further deep cuts in spending to cope with an oil price downturn now in its third year.

Shell’s stocks rose by over 3 percent as it announced higher quarterly earnings than arch-rival U.S. Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest listed company by output. Anglo-Dutch Shell is hoping to outgrow Exxon over the next few years after acquiring rival BG for $54 billion earlier this year.

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In merry-go-round, Nigerian parliament commences fresh inquiry into Malabu oil deal

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October 6, 2016Samuel Ogundipe

Members of Nigeria’s House of Representatives panel investigating the controversial Malabu oil deal on Wednesday expressed strong reservations about the attitude of firms caught in the scandal.

The House in January 2016 set up another ad-hoc committee to look into allegations of financial crimes in the lease of OPL 245 oil block in Nigerian waters.

A former Minister of Petroleum, Dan Etete, awarded the lease of OPL 245 in April 1998 to Malabu Oil and Gas Ltd., a firm later traced to him.

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OPL 245: Murky saga of an ex-minister and ‘siphoned-off’ oil millions

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Even by Nigerian standards, the alleged siphoning off of $1 billion (£750 million) from a $1.3 billion international investment in a lucrative oil block through “fees” to a former oil minister’s company and assorted middlemen has been shocking. 

Jonathan Fisher QC called it “grand corruption”. High Court Judge Mr Justice Edis declared: “Given the large sums of money involved that are effectively paid to a former minister to a bank account in the Middle East, the whole exercise is backed by murky instructions.”

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Former Head of State, ex Senate President named in Malabu oil deal scam

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Abuja – A former Head of State, a former Senate President, a former National Security Adviser (NSA), some senators, and some serving and former members of the House of Representatives have been named as beneficiaries of the $1.092b Malabu oil deal, Nation reports.

The names of the beneficiaries was revealed by a businessman, who is being grilled by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) over the deal.

Besides the businessman, the EFCC has grilled a former Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Finance, and some chief executives of some International Oil Companies (IOCs). The suspects remain unnamed because of what a source described as the “sensitivity” of the matter.

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Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A): Declaration of Force Majeure; Crude Price Rally Underway?

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By Staff Writer on Aug 14, 2016 at 6:34 am EST

Following a string of attacks on its oil facilities combined with pipeline outages in Nigeria, Royal Dutch Shell (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A) has finally declared a force majeure on Bonny Light crude oil. Citing statement by the company on Friday, Reuters reported that the Nembe Creek Trunk Line (NCTL) was shut down after a leakage by Aiteo, the pipeline’s operator. Aiteo was unavailable to comment on the matter.

Natasha Obank, spokesperson for the company stated: “The pipeline has been shut down for a joint investigation visit into the cause of the leak and repairs.”

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Shell Calls Force Majeure on Nigeria Gas Supply After Leak

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Screen Shot 2016-08-05 at 09.29.20By Paul Burkhardt and Elisha Bala-Gbogbo: August 10, 2016

Royal Dutch Shell Plc said its local unit has declared force majeure on supplies to a liquefied natural gas plant in Nigeria because of a leak in a pipeline as the OPEC member suffers from militant attacks on energy infrastructure that are hurting exports.

“The pipeline has been shut down for a joint investigation visit into the cause of the leak and repairs,” Natasha Obank, a Shell spokeswoman, said in a statement. The leak occurred on the Eastern Gas Gathering System, or EGGS-1, pipeline which supplies the bulk of Shell’s gas to the Nigeria LNG plant on Bonny Island. Some supply continues through other pipelines, Shell said.

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US oil leadership questioned

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By Ed Crooks: 8 July 2016

The most eye-catching story of the week was the estimate from Rystad Energy that the US holds the world’s largest oil reserves. As the table in Rystad’s press release shows, that calculation relies heavily on “undiscovered fields” in the US that have yet be found. In terms of proved reserves in existing fields, Saudi Arabia still has more than twice as much oil as the US, according to Rystad’s estimates. John Kemp of Reuters discussed the meaning of the varying figures for Saudi Arabia’s reserves, concluding: “No-one really knows how much more oil can be recovered from beneath the Saudi desert and adjoining areas in the Gulf.”

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Shell drops legal attempt to extend offshore lease terms in the Arctic

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Author: Yereth Rosen: 24 June 2016

Months after abandoning its plans for oil exploration in Arctic waters off Alaska, Royal Dutch Shell has dropped its legal effort to hold onto those offshore leases.

Shell notified the Interior Department it will no longer pursue its appeals of a decision that denied extension of the company’s oil leases in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off Alaska. The department’s Board of Land Appeals on Thursday granted Shell’s request and dismissed the case.

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Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron Corporation: Niger Delta Avengers Agree to Peace Talks

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By Staff WriterJun 14, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 10.18.28Finally, Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE:RDS.A), Chevron and other oil and gas companies can heave a sigh of relief as the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers has agreed to consider peace talks with the Nigerian government. The group has said that it does not have new demands, as it just wants foreign oil and gas companies to leave the southern region of the Niger Delta and stop oil pollution.

The group said it wants “genuine attitude” by the government and a “conducive atmosphere” to carry out dialogue. This is definitely good news for the Nigerian economy and international energy companies which have suffered badly in the past few months. The Avengers started to attack oil infrastructure in February, when they blew up Shell’s Forcados terminal and under-water pipeline.

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Chevron, Shell: Will Nigerian Crude Production Come to a Halt?

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By Micheal KaufmanJun 4, 2016 at 10:50 am EST

The Nigerian government’s problems are only expected to worsen; the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, has vowed again to bring the country’s crude oil production to “zero.” In the past few months, the group has attacked oil and gas facilities of foreign energy companies, including Chevron, Shell, and Eni, in a bid to force them to leave the southern region of the Niger Delta. The militants want international oil companies to end oil pollution in the country and give a higher share of crude sale revenue to the locals.

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Niger Delta Avengers Attacks: Oil Production Grounded In Bayelsa As Agip, Aiteo, Shut Down 140,000bpd

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BY SAHARA REPORTERS, NEW YORK: JUN 05, 2016

The attacks by the militant group Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) on oil installations in Bayelsa State have effectively grounded the operations of Agip, Aiteo and Shell, with production outages by Agip and Aiteo alone now put at 140,000 barrels daily as from May 2016.

At $48 per barrel, an estimated $6.72 million daily is lost by the two operators due to the attacks on oil export pipelines being operated by those two companies.

Aiteo, operator of the Nembe Creek Trunk Line, which conveys crude to the Bonny export terminal, came under attack by the NDA on May 28, and spokesman Shola Omole said the line has been shut down.

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Militants Blow up Shell, Agip Pipelines in Nigeria

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Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 10.18.28By HILARY UGURU, ASSOCIATED PRESS: WARRI, Nigeria — May 28, 2016, 10:32 PM ET

Militants blew up strategic gas and crude pipelines belonging to Shell and Agip on Saturday in an increasingly fierce campaign that has chopped Nigeria’s oil production in half, militants and residents said.

A new militant group, calling itself the Niger Delta Avengers, reported in social media that they had dynamited the trunkline linking the Dutch-British Shell company’s Bonny terminal and the Brass export terminal of the Italian company Agip. A local community leader Eke-Spiff Erempagamo confirmed the attack.

Nigeria’s oil production had already fallen from a projected 2.2 million barrels a day to 1.4 million barrels before the latest attacks on the oil industry in southern Nigeria, including three within the past week on facilities of the U.S. oil major Chevron. Several companies have evacuated some of their workers.

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$1.1billion Malabu scam: Italian oil giant, Eni, admits wrongdoing

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Nicholas Ibekwe: Saturday 14 May 2016

After coming under intense questioning from its shareholders, the management of Italian oil giant, Eni has finally admitted to wrongdoing in the infamous Malabu Oil deal.

Eni, as well as Royal Dutch Shell, had previously insisted that it followed the law in the purchase of one of the most lucrative oil blocks in Nigeria, OPL-245, which belonged to Malabu Oil, a company owned by a convicted former minister, Dan Etete.

Mr. Etete was the petroleum minister under Sani Abacha. PREMIUM TIMES’ previous investigations had detailed how he fraudulently awarded the oil block to himself and friends, including Mohammed Abacha, Mr. Abacha’s son, in contravention of Nigerian laws.

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