Oslo: Offshore drilling firm Sevan Marine has engaged the law firm Selmer to conduct an investigation into allegations of its involvement in the Petrobras graft scandal which has rocked the Brazilian oil and gas giant.
The company said it is responding to a number of articles in the Brazilian press which refer to a former manager and agent of Sevan Marine being named in connection to the scandal. In a statement, Sevan Marine said that it has offered full co-operation and has been in contact with the relevant authorities on this matter.
Among the well-known corporate names suspected of illegal payments are South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries Co Ltd, Swedish builder Skanska AB, Danish oil and shipping group Maersk and British engineer Rolls-Royce Holdings.
The crux of the scandal involves construction and engineering firms paying hundreds of millions of dollars to win inflated contracts from Petrobras. Substantial swathes of money found their way into the coffers of the governing Workers Party and the pockets of other politicians.