Singaporean shipbuilders Keppel Fels Ltd. and Jurong are sinking deeper into a graft scandal that has transfixed Brazil and buffeted local oil industry suppliers.
Keppel Fels and Jurong, a unit of Sembcorp Marine Ltd., were allegedly among a group of companies that paid bribes through intermediaries to win contracts for building 21 deep-water drilling vessels that cost about $800 million each, according to testimony released Friday by a Brazilian court. The contracts were awarded by Sete Brasil, a company set up by a group of Brazilian banks and Petrobras to build deep-water rigs and then lease them to the state-controlled oil producer.
Keppel and Sembcorp — which refuted participation in the scheme in February, when testimony to police identifying them was released — didn’t respond to e-mails and phone calls seeking comment for this story.
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