Statoil Met Police over Angola Payments, Norway Says


OSLO, Feb 19 (Reuters) – Norway's Statoil met Norwegian police this week to exchange information about payments made to Angola's state energy firm Sonangol, the Norwegian oil ministry said on Friday.

The payments, made over a four-year period, were earmarked for the establishment of a research and technology centre, Oil Minister Tord Lien said in a letter to Norway's parliament.

In a letter published by the ministry, Statoil said the payments were appropriate and part of the company's contractual obligation in Angola.

"As earlier described, the payments ... do not violate relevant anti-corruption legislation. This is not altered by the fact that there is little available information regarding the progress in setting up the research and technology centre," Statoil wrote.

The Norwegian government own 67 percent of Statoil.

The company was not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Terje Solsvik and Stine Jacobsen; editing by Adrian Croft)



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