The Securities and Exchange Commission has subpoenaed documents from Chicago Bridge
& Iron Co. as part of an investigation into Halliburton Co.'s business dealings
in Nigeria, the company said in filing.
The SEC and the Justice Department have been examining Houston-based Halliburton's
role in the construction of a $5.5 billion liquefied natural gas plant at Bonny
Island in Nigeria's Rivers State.
Chicago Bridge, an engineering and construction company based in the Netherlands,
with its worldwide administrative headquarters in The Woodlands, served as a
subcontractor for a Halliburton affiliate on the project.
When the company's participation in the project was first announced in December
1999, Chicago Bridge officials estimated the contract's value at more than $100
The LNG facility was built by a Madeira, Portugal-based consortium called TSKJ.
The consortium was equally owned by Halliburton; France's Technip; Snamprogetti
Netherlands, an affiliate of Italy's ENI; and Japan's JGC Corp.
Halliburton officials acknowledged last year that the partners discussed as
long as 10 years ago paying bribes to Nigerian officials.
"We understand from the ongoing governmental and other investigations
that payments may have been made to Nigerian officials," Halliburton said
in a recent filing.
Chicago Bridge officials received a subpoena from the SEC Aug. 14.
"We are cooperating fully with such investigation," the company said
in a filing with the SEC.
Chicago Bridge spokesman Bruce Steimle could provide no other details about
Chicago Bridge employs about 300 in its office in The Woodlands.
"We are working with all officials and will, of course, continue to cooperate
with the SEC to provide them with all the information they request," Halliburton
spokeswoman Cathy Mann said