Petrobras ends rig contract with Ensco over corruption charges

miércoles 6 de enero de 2016 07:41 GYT

Jan 6 (Reuters) - Rig contractor Ensco Plc said Petrobras has declared void a contract for a drillship leased to the Brazilian oil producer.

Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, chartered the DS-5 in 2008, when it was owned by Pride International, a company bought by Ensco in 2011.

Petrobras said in a notice on Monday that Pride had knowledge that the rig's shipbuilder made "improper payments" to a marketing consultant who then shared the money with former employees of Petrobras. (

Ensco has denied allegations of corruption in Brazil. (Reporting by Amrutha Gayathri in Bengaluru; Editing by Don Sebastian)