"US oil and gas multinationals are facing fresh questions over their trade with
Russia after customs records revealed that more than $7.1m (£5.7m) worth of
equipment manufactured by Halliburton has been imported into the country since
it announced the end of its Russian operations.
Last September Halliburton, one of the world’s largest providers of products
and services for oil and gas exploration, sold its Russian office to local
management amid pressure on all US companies to cease their trade after the
invasion of Ukraine.
Russian customs records seen by the Guardian
show that despite this move to
sell up on 8 September, Halliburton subsidiaries exported equipment of a value
of $5,729,600 to its former operation in Russia in the six weeks that followed
The equipment was largely shipped from the US and Singapore although the
records show it originated in a range of countries, including the UK, Belgium
The bulk of exports from the subsidiaries ended on 6 October but the last
shipment to Russia from a Halliburton company, recorded as Halliburton MFG in
the records, was of a sealing element priced at $2,939.40 on 24 October 2022
from Malaysia to a firm called Sakhalin Energy, a consortium that is developing
the Sakhalin-2 oil and gas project in eastern Russian. Its investors include
Gazprom. Shell disinvested from the consortium after the invasion of Ukraine.
After a short pause, imports of Halliburton equipment to Russia then resumed in
December 2022 from two companies unrelated to the US multinational.
The products were imported from Turkey, bringing the total value of exports of
Halliburton equipment to Russia since the company closed its operations to at
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