Eni says Shell’s revelations don’t change its position, insists it paid no bribes for OPL 245

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Italian oil and gas group Eni reiterated on Thursday it had not paid any intermediary or any bribes to acquire the OPL-245 oilfield in Nigeria, Reuters reports.

Speaking at the group’s annual shareholder meeting chairwoman Emma Marcegaglia said Eni had only ever dealt with the Nigerian government. Courts in Nigeria and Italy are investigating the purchase of OPL 245. Eni and major Royal Dutch Shell paid $1.3 billion for the rights to the block in 2011.

On Wednesday Shell said for the first time it was aware that some of the payments it made to Nigeria would go to a company associated with former Nigerian oil minister and convicted money launderer Dan Etete. Marcegaglia said Shell’s comments did not change Eni’s position, adding the company had not paid any money to Etete or sealed any deal with Malabu.