The suit, filed in the English courts in 2017, relates to the purchase of the offshore OPL 245 oilfield in Nigeria by oil majors, Royal Dutch Shell, and Eni in 2011, which is the subject of an ongoing trial in Milan, Italy.

The six-week London trial will start on the first available date after November 1 next year, meaning that proceedings may not begin until 2022.

Central to the case is a $1.3 billion payment from Shell and Eni to secure the block that was deposited into a Nigerian government escrow account managed by JP Morgan.

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