Settlements

ST-71
Bonny Island Liquefied Natural Gas Bribe Scheme (TSKJ Consortium) / Jeffrey Tesler
Bonny Island Liquefied Natural Gas Bribe Scheme
United States
Department of Justice
Nigeria
2011
03/11
None
Individual
Criminal
Guilty Plea
Criminal Fine, Criminal Forfeiture
$148,989,568.67
$25,000
$148,964,568.67
$0
Art.16, Art.23
Art. 1, Art. 7
Conspiracy to Bribe Foreign Officials, Bribery of Foreign Officials
Conspiracy to Bribe Foreign Officials, Bribery of Foreign Officials
Yes
According to the June 2011 Report by the United States to the OECD, "From 1995-2004, Kellogg Brown & Root Inc. (KBR), Technip S.A. (Technip), Snamprogetti Netherlands B.V. (Snamprogetti), and JGC were each part of the TSKJ joint venture that was awarded four EPC contracts by Nigeria LNG Ltd. (NLNG), which is 49 percent owned by the government-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). These contracts, which were valued at more than $6 billion, were part of a four-company joint venture that was awarded four EPC contracts by Nigeria LNG Ltd. (NLNG), which is 49 percent owned by the government-owned Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). These contracts, which were valued at more than $6 billion, were for the construction of LNG facilities on Bonny Island. In exchange for being awarded these EPC contracts, the joint-venture partners used two agents to pay bribes totaled in excess of $182 million to a range of Nigerian government officials, including officials of the executive branch of the Nigerian government and officials at NNPC and NLNG." (Source: Report by the United States to the OECD, "Steps taken to implement and enforce the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions" (June 2011), Bonny Island Liquefied Gas Bribe Scheme Case Summary at 17-19.) According to the US Department of Justice Press Release, "Significant assistance was provided by [ ] the authorities in France, Italy, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, including in particular the Crown Prosecution Service, the Serious Fraud Office's International Assistance and Anti-Corruption Units, the London Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police in the United Kingdom." (Source: US Department of Justice Press Release, "UK Solicitor Pleads Guilty for Role in Bribing Nigerian Government Officials as Part of KBR Joint Venture Scheme," March 11, 2011.)