Billions of dollars of government contracts were awarded as the direct result of bribes paid by US giant Halliburton and its former subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root, British icon Rolls Royce, Korean heavyweights Samsung and Hyundai, and Australia’s Leighton Holdings; who are embroiled in the Unaoil bribes-for-contracts scandal through their operations in former Soviet states; including rampant corruption inside Italian oil giant Eni. Texas firm National Oilwell Varco, Singapore conglomerate Keppel, Norway’s Aker Kvaerner and giant Turkish joint venture GATE are also implicated. US defense giant Honeywell and Australian firm Leighton Offshore agreed to hide bribes inside fraudulent contracts in Iraq.
Managers from Eni, Spanish Firm Tecnicas Reunidas, French firm Technip, drilling giant MI-SWACO and Rolls-Royce not only actively supported bribery but were offered, or pocketed, their own kickbacks.
Other Western firms involved in Unaoil’s Middle East operation include Petrofac from Britain; US companies FMC Technologies, Cameron and Weatherford; Italian Saipem; German companies MAN Turbo (now know as MAN Diesel and Turbo) and Siemens; Dutch firm SBM Offshore; and Indian giant Larsen & Toubro. They also show the offshore arm of Australian company Leighton Holdings was involved in serious, calculated corruption.
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