Conoco to depose Citgo in hunt for PDVSA’s Caribbean assets | News


By Liz Hampton

HOUSTON (Reuters) – ConocoPhillips moved to bring Venezuelan PDVSA’s U.S. refining unit Citgo Petroleum into its legal battles to enforce a $2 billion arbitration award against the South American country’s nationalization of its Venezuelan assets.

A U.S. district court judge in Houston on Thursday ruled Conoco can depose Citgo as preparation for a court case against PDVSA and others over alleged asset transfers in the Caribbean that Conoco claims were designed to frustrate its efforts to obtain payment under an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) award.

Citgo declined to comment, citing a policy regarding ongoing litigation.

Conoco is pleased with the court’s decision, spokesman Daren Beaudo said in a…

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