Moscow: Russia’s largest oil company Rosneft filed an 89 billion rouble ($1.41 billion) lawsuit on Monday against participants of the Sakhalin-1 oil and gas project operated by ExxonMobil subsidiary Exxon Neftegaz Ltd.

The suit, received by an arbitration court in the Sakhalin region in Russia’s Far East, seeks to recover funds gained by parties between 10 July 2015, and 31 May 2018, through “unjust enrichment and interest gained by using other people’s money", according to paperwork issued by the court.

The lawsuit has been filed against five entities, claiming 10 billion roubles from Sakhalinmorneftegaz, 7.5 billion from RN-Astra, 26.7 billion from Exxon Neftegaz Ltd, 26.7 billion from Sakhalin Oil and Gas Development Co., and 17.8 billion from India’s ONGC Videsh Ltd.

Sakhalin-1 is operated by Exxon Neftegaz Ltd, through which ExxonMobil owns 30% in the project. Rosneft and ONGC control 20% each. Japanese consortium SODECO owns 30%.

A Rosneft spokesperson confirmed it had filed the suit, but declined to elaborate. Exxon Neftegaz said it was “aware of the court action, rejects the claims and will take action to defend the rights of the Sakhalin-1 consortium".

A preliminary court hearing was set for 10 September.

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