Written by on March 2, 2019

Reports say Dutch prosecutors are currently preparing criminal charges against Royal Dutch Shell over the $1.3bn acquisition of a Nigerian offshore oilfield, ramping up pressure on the energy firm that already faces bribery charges in Italy over the case.

Shell and an Italian oil major, Eni, are said to be embroiled in a long-running corruption case revolving around the purchase of Oil Prospecting Licence 245.

This comes within hours of yesterday’s announcement on the Nigerian case, the Dutch prosecution said the oil and gas giant would also be charged in two domestic cases relating to an explosion at a petrochemical facility and emissions.

Shell said in a statement that it had been informed by the Dutch Public Prosecutor’s Office that it had nearly concluded its Nigeria investigation and was preparing criminal charges directly or indirectly related to Shell’s 2011 settlement of disputes over the OPL 245 oilfield off Nigeria’s coast.

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