Sevan Drilling cleared of Petrobras-related bribery accusation

Sevan Drilling cleared of Petrobras-related bribery accusation

Charges against Norwegian offshore driller Sevan Drilling have been dismissed after a probe by the country’s anti-corruption body into allegations linked to the Petrobras affair.

Okokrim, Norway’s authority for the investigation and prosecution of economic and environmental crime, had been investigating drilling contracts that Sevan won from Brazil’s state oil firm Petrobras between 2005 and 2008.

Petrobras has been embroiled for three years now in a huge bribes-for-inflated-contracts scandal that has run into billions of dollars and seen the convictions of numerous company executives at Petrobras and contractor companies, plus Brazilian politicians up to the highest offices in the land.

In 2015 Sevan Marine, the parent company of Sevan Drilling, said some former employees may have been caught up in the Petrobras web of graft. Sevan Marine then passed on to Okokrim the details of its investigation and Okokrim began its own inquiry.

That Okokrim probe is what has ended now with all charges dismissed against Sevan Drilling.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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