OPL 245 Nigeria

Shell, Eni trial to restart

MILAN, May 14, 2018 – An Italian court is set to resume a corruption trial of Shell and Eni executives on Monday.


In addition to the two companies, 13 defendants were sent to trial by an Italian judge in December 2017. Among the defendants are Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi and former chief Paolo Scaroni.

Malcolm Brinded, former executive director for upstream international; Peter Robinson, former vice-president for Shell’s sub-Saharan Africa operations; Guy Colegate, a business adviser; and John Copleston, a strategic investment adviser, were all charged with bribery in October in relation to the 2011 sale of the OPL 245 block offshore Nigeria to Shell and Eni.

The trial was originally scheduled for March but was postponed to May.

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