Exxon reaches settlement over Sakhalin 1 tax dispute

By Staff reporter 15 September 2017

Russia has reached an out-of-court settlement with ExxonMobil regarding its tax dispute over Sakhalin 1, the Russian government’s press office confirmed in a statement.

"The parties reached a mutually advantageous compromise," it said. Exxon Neftegas, Exxon’s Russian subsidiary and the operator of Sakhalin 1, has been trying since 2008 to secure a reduction in the project’s profit tax rate from the 35% set in the production-sharing agreement.

Exxon estimates the disputed taxes had amounted to $637 million as of March this year.

It suggested half of...

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