Leading Russian oil producer Lukoil has entered into talks with ConocoPhillips to acquire some 380 filling stations under the Jet brand. This move illustrates the fact that, while the US giant begins a huge divesture program to fund upstream investments, Lukoil is heading downstream with a vengeance.
Polish oil giant PKN Orlen is beginning to flex its muscles on the eastern European service station market. Most recently, it has been reported that the company is seeking to purchase the Esso petrol network in the Czech Republic from ExxonMobil. However, PKN Orlen's plans are likely to clash with those of Lukoil, which has also been expanding aggressively in this region.
Through a partnership with Western Union, fuel retailer OMV is set to offer international money transfer facilities across its network in eight Central and Eastern European countries. This is the second recent venture into the financial services space for OMV, and highlights its high focus on expanding and diversifying its service offering to drive customer satisfaction.
Edit my basket
© Datamonitor 2014. All rights reserved
Terms & Conditions