Feb 14 Royal Dutch Shell said it
received notice on Tuesday of a request for indictment related
to a 2011 settlement of long-standing disputes over an offshore
block in Nigeria (OPL 245) .
The tribunal of Milan has fixed the preliminary hearing for
20 April 2017, the company said in a statement.
"We don't believe a request for indictment is justified and
we are confident that this will be determined in the next stages
of the proceedings. We continue to take this matter seriously
and co-operate with the authorities," Shell added.
Shell and Eni on Tuesday said they have asked a Nigerian
court to lift a temporary forfeiture of assets and the transfer
of operations of the OPL 245 field owned by Shell and Italy's
Eni, among others, to the federal government.
(Reporting by Vijaykumar Vedala and Apeksha Nair in Bengaluru;
Editing by Ruth Pitchford)