ABUJA, Sept 20 Nigeria has filed a lawsuit
against Italian energy firm ENI, U.S. major Chevron
and other international oil firms over some crude
exports, ENI, Chevron and a government official said on Tuesday.
"The claim dates back to last March and refers to a request
to our subsidiary in Nigeria for a payment of about $160
million," ENI said by email.
"ENI believes the claim has no ground and shall resist in
court," it said. "Similar requests have been put forward to
several other international oil companies operating in Nigeria."
Chevron said by email: "This matter is the subject of
ongoing litigation before the court in Nigeria. We will not
comment further on the matter since it is already before the
A Nigerian government official, asking not to be named,
confirmed the lawsuit but said he had no details. State oil firm
NNPC could not be reached for comment despite repeated attempts
to call its spokesman.
Nigerian newspaper Vanguard's website said Nigeria had sued
ENI's unit Agip and France's Total for $635 million for
allegedly undeclared crude cargoes between 2011 and 2014. It
cited court documents.
The lawsuit might further sour the mood of oil majors which
have been hit by militant attacks in the Niger Delta oil hub,
reducing crude output by a third.
(Reporting by Libby George, Felix Onuah, Alexis Akwaqyiram and
Ulf Laessing; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)