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A digest of January and February’s international news in the retail fuel sector ASIA, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA EDITION www.erpecnewslive.com Issue No 54 | January / February 2017 Saudi Aramco leading the bids for Petrol Ofisi acquisition Austrian oil group OMV is planning to close the sale of Petrol Ofisi, its large gas station network in Turkey, this year and has so far received two major bids belonging to Saudi Aramco and State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), reports Reuters. Saudi Aramco is believed to be the front-runner of the current bidding process, according to sources familiar with the matter quoted by Reuters. With 1,785 fuel stations, OMV Petrol Ofisi operates the largest fuelling network in Turkey. The fuel retailer generated sales of around $10.5 billion in 2015. SOCAR has already made clear how important the acquisition of Petrol Ofisi is for them as it would serve as a selling point for the new Star refinery it is building in Turkey. “The acquisition of OMV Petrol Ofisi is the most suitable option for SOCAR, but we have alternatives,” said Zaur Gahramanov, CEO of SOCAR Turkey Energy last month Hydrogen refuelling stations to reach 5,000 by 2032 Shell to open erpec & idac 17 conference in Amsterdam Global Retail Engineering and General Manager of Shell International, Ruth Leach, has confirmed that Shell will be represented on the idac 17 speaker’s podium by a senior retailing figure, most probably, she says, herself, who will address over 200 international delegates participating at this important industry gathering. Sian Davies, Conference Director for McLean Events, said: “This is really exciting news for everyone taking part in idac and erpec17 and it is further recognition that both events are regarded around the world as leaders in their field”. Other companies confirmed to speak include Scandinavian retailer UNO X, Applegreen, Kalibrate and GMAP consulting. Sian Davies added: “At idac15 in London, we had no oil company speakers, which is understandable for a first event, but this time it has created a great deal of interest with people wanting to speak. We are hoping for at least three more big names from the oil companies to join as speakers before we close the list”. There are four key segments of the idac 17 conference. Retail Network Planning, Technology & Big Data, Marketing and Re-Imaging and Alternative Fuel Solutions. Visit www.idac17.com to see the full programme or to book your place. Register before the 15 March for the special early bird rate of €454 (normally €756). Registration fee includes conference sign up, afternoon workshops, lunches and dinner with entertainment on 31 May. Refuelling stations that would support a burgeoning hydrogen fuel-cell industry are on the rise and should reach nearly 5,000 by 2032, according to a new report. The research from Washington-based Information Trends indicates that hydrogen fuel station deployment in major markets is in full swing, bolstering prospects for large-scale consumer adoption fuel cell vehicles (FCVs). In 2015, there were 115 hydrogen fuelling stations worldwide, and 285 in 2016. This year, that number is expected to grow to 384. By 2022, there will be 1,306, and by 2032 there will be 4,808, according to the report. In the U.S., hydrogen refuelling stations are expected to reach 78 this year. By 2022, there will be 197, and by 2032 there will be 1,208. Refuelling stations are increasing in number as Audi and Mercedes-Benz are preparing to launch FCVs on the heels of rollouts of hydrogen powered vehicles by Toyota, Honda and Hyundai. In Europe, Denmark was the first country to deploy a nationwide hydrogen fuelling infrastructure, but Germany is leading the deployment charge with 400 stations expected in the next six years. The spark of passion ignites the fuel for innovation www.beverinnovations.com | T +31(0)111 45 32 32 100% FOCUS ON PETROL Bever_AD_Erpec 182x64,25 mm_V12.indd 2 9-2-2017 8:00:31 erpecnews is published by McLean Events, Conferences and Media Ltd.


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