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NEWS - EUROPE Jaguar & Shell partner for in-car fuel payments in the uk Jaguar has introduced a new app integration that allows drivers to use their car’s touchscreen to pay for fuel. The Shell app, described as a new cashless payment app, will work with several Jaguar Land Rover models. With it installed, you can drive up to any pump at a Shell service station in the UK, and instead of using a card at the pump, you’d use the vehicle’s touchscreen to select how much fuel you require and then pay via PayPal or Apple Pay. Android Pay will be added in 2017. Jaguar has also said its cars will eventually work with the Shell app at Shell stations around the globe. If you want to make sure you were charged the correct amount, an electronic receipt will be displayed on the touchscreen. A receipt will also be sent directly from the pump to the driver’s email address. Jaguar stressed that expenses and tax returns will be made much simpler with this Shell integration, as there will be no receipts to lose since they’re sent electronically. The Shell app with in-car cashless payments is available to download in the UK now and will be available globally sometime this year. Field narrows in bidding for Italy’s TotalErg stations The field of prospective bidders for the Italian petrol station network belonging to Total and Italian energy group Erg has narrowed, leaving only a handful of interested parties undertaking due diligence checks on the business. Sources said first round of bidding for the TotalErg joint venture company drew to a close at the end of January and binding bids for the network are now expected some time in early April. “It’s a tough sale and things are moving slowly,” one of the sources said, adding that management presentations had yet to take place. API Anonima Petroli, the privately-owned oil refiner which owns 2,600 stations of its own, is one of the industrial players left in contention, along with Qatar Petroleum. Rival operator Kuwait Petroleum International (Q8) has said it is not in the running. TotalErg, which controls close to 2,600 service stations and has a market share of some 11 percent, appointed HSBC and Rothschild to sell the business that could be worth as much as €800 million. Italy has around 21,000 service stations across the country, almost twice the number in France and almost three times that of Britain, and the sources said a new owner of TotalErg might want to rationalise. Private equity firms Advent and Apollo have also been admitted to the final stages of bidding, while Carlyle Group and KKR decided to pull out. Some of the sources said Advent and Apollo were considering teaming up with API to prepare a joint offer. A deal with API would create Italy’s biggest service station operator, ahead of Eni and Kuwait Petroleum International which last year bought a network from Royal Dutch Shell. DCC acquires Esso’s fuel station network in Norway DCC this month announced the purchase of ExxonMobil’s Norwegian unit, Esso Norge AS, for 2.43 billion Norwegian crowns ($293.38 million). The Dublin based energy and environmental group has seen rapid growth in recent years through an aggressive acquisitions policy in the retail fuel sector across Europe. The transaction comprises approximately 250 outlets across Norway; 110 of the properties will now be owned by DCC. The retail franchise at the sites is operated by the largest grocery wholesaler and retailer in Norway, Norges- Gruppen, and this arrangement will remain in place. DCC recently completed similar deals with Esso in France and Shell in Denmark and the group now own or operate just under 1,000 stations across six countries, selling 3.2 billion litres of fuel annually. EURO GARAGES buys four more high noon forecourt sites Eurogarages has bought four more forecourt sites from the stricken former Top 50 Indie High Noon Stores, which went into administration in January. The sale is for a group of four leasehold petrol forecourt sites in the South West of England and Wales. This follows the initial group of four leasehold forecourts that were sold in January. Euro Garages acquired both groups for an undisclosed sum. It intends to reopen the sites within the next few weeks after refurbishment and reimaging. Zuber Issa, co-CEO of Euro Garages, said: “These acquisitions follow a carefully planned growth strategy and supplement our existing international portfolio well. Since the start of February alone, we have completed the acquisitions of the UKwide Little Chef site portfolio and the former High Noon Petrol forecourts. Each deal has been handled entirely in-house, demonstrating the quality of our team and our ability to bring deals to a close very quickly. Pump tampering a widespread practice in Greece UK politicians demand fuel tax is shown on receipts Fuel tax should be shown on all petrol receipts so Ministers “come clean” to motorists, UK MPs and motoring chiefs have demanded. The RAC backed calls for the amount of fuel duty and VAT to be shown on the receipt every time a driver fills up at the forecourt. Sixty-five per cent of current petrol price goes to the Government in fuel duty and VAT, with the Chancellor pocketing £35 billion a year from petrol tax. Sources claim Treasury ministers have told MPs it would be too “impractical” in legal and policy terms to list the taxes on forecourt receipts. But Conservative party backbencher Peter Aldous is demanding a change in a new Bill tabled in the House of Commons – saying it’s time to be “open and honest” with motorists. The RAC’s Simon Williams said: “We have been calling for some time for fuel receipts to show how much of each fill-up goes to the Treasury so we wholeheartedly support the bill. Motorists know how much Vehicle Excise Duty they have to pay so it seems ridiculous they have no idea how much duty they are paying to the Treasury when they fill their vehicles with fuel.” Illegal trade in gas is soaring in Greece due to the increase in taxation and the absence of inspections, leading to total annual state losses in excess of €20 million. Market sources say that the majority of fuel stations tamper with their pumps, while large quantities of industrial-use gas – that bears lower tax – is being sold as autogas, which has a considerably higher consumption tax. An estimated 20 percent of autogas sold in Greece originates from industry gas deliveries that are made illegally. “Every liter of gas costs about 21 cents less than a liter of autogas. The economic motive for law violation has become even stronger,” said a market professional. He further warned against using stations with the lowest prices, as they are the ones most likely to be cheating. erpecnews is published by McLean Events, Conferences and Media Ltd. 5


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