Shell files complaint over oilfield sale

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Royal Dutch Shell filed a criminal complaint with Dutch authorities against a former employee over the sale of a Nigerian onshore oilfield in 2011, a Shell spokesman said.



The suspected wrongdoing came to light as part of an internal investigation by Shell but is unrelated to a court case against Shell and Eni in Italy over acquisition of the oilfield OPL 245, the spokesman said.
“Based on what we know now from an internal investigation, we suspect a crime may have been committed by our former employee … against Shell in relation to the sale process for Oil Mining Lease (OML) 42 in Nigeria in 2011,” the spokesman said in a statement.
“We have filed a criminal complaint with the Dutch authorities and are considering other steps we could take.”