Anadarko, Repsol Schemed For Drilling Spot: Suit

Law360, New York (April 18, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT) -- Nigerian oil company Oranto Petroleum Ltd. on Thursday accused Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Repsol Exploracion SA in Wyoming federal court of encroaching on a valuable drilling area off the coast of Sierra Leone for which the plaintiff held a development contract.

Oranto claims that Anadarko and Repsol worked together to convince Sierra Leone’s government to redraw the border of the offshore drilling tract, subverting Oranto’s contractual rights.

According to the complaint, Sierra Leone’s Petroleum Resources Unit in 2003 executed a 30-year agreement with Oranto to explore...
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