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NEWS – EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA 9 Petromin and Hyundai sign deal in Saudi Arabia Petromin has completed a five-year partnership with Hyundai-Al-Majdouie, to serve its premium motor oils at all Hyundai service centres in the Eastern Region of Saudi Arabia. Petromin has expanded and diversified its business over the years and this move represents a good opportunity for auto dealers wishing to strengthen their after sales service. Nigeria subsidy fears threaten worse fuel shortage Fuel shortages are set to worsen in Nigeria as international traders and local marketers back away from imports over fears that the cash-strapped new government will halt costly subsidy payments. Already, lines at petrol stations in the major cities are blocking traffic as Africa's largest crude oil exporter runs out of domestic fuels. The shortage in some rural areas is even more acute due to a payment battle between independent retailers and the government. Though Nigeria exports around two million barrels per day of crude, it is almost wholly reliant on imports for the 40 million litres per day of gasoline it consumes, due to inadequate refineries. Critics say the subsidies are not only inefficient but open to abuse by corrupt operators. Imports that have arrived so far this year total at least 300 billion naira, according to pan-African lender Ecobank, a bill that would come due after incoming President Muhammadu Buhari's May 29 inauguration. "The new regime will be the one who pays the bills," said Dolapo Oni, a Lagos-based energy analyst with Ecobank. "And no one wants to wait for the new government." First Shell station for motorcycles Vivo Energy Madagascar said in a recent statement that it has opened a brand new “Shell Service Moto” in a site known as Gare Tamatave which is the first fuel station in the country dedicated to motorcycles. Shell has dedicated a space specialized in motorcycles with an island and a pump with four filling guns reserved for motorcycles. OMV opens hydrogen filling station in Innsbruck, Austria OMV and the Tyrol government launched a new fueling initiative this month. Patrizia Zoller- Frischauf, Member of the Government of Tyrol and Alois Wach, Head of OMV and Avanti service stations in Austria and Germany, unveiled Tyrol’s first hydrogen filling station. OMV, the integrated, international oil and gas company, has thereby taken an important step in expanding Austria’s infrastructure for fuel cell vehicles. The new filling station is on one of Europe’s most crucial transit routes and will make it possible for drivers to go from Stuttgart to Verona with a fuel cell vehicle. Patrizia Zoller-Frischauf, Member of the Government of Tyrol: “Today’s opening of the OMV hydrogen filling station represents the cornerstone for emission-free transport in Tyrol. As a state which suffers from intense transit traffic leading to CO2, particulate matter and noise, we are eager to embrace a future of emission-free hydrogen. That’s why we Tyroleans welcome OMV’s commitment on this critical Trans-European traffic axis.”Hydrogen is the first choice of future fuel technologies for OMV Manager Alois Wach: “I am convinced that there will be a wide range of options for future transport: from economical cars powered by diesel or petrol to urban electric scooters through to fuel cell vehicles. Our R&D focus is on fuel cells and therefore on hydrogen. This innovation fits in well with our core business, as our refineries already produce large quantities of hydrogen for industrial use. This element is available in practically unlimited quantities and is as good as emission-free – a major step towards a greener future on the road.” The hydrogen filling station in Innsbruck is part of a major European Union initiative to introduce hydrogen on the road. A total of 15 international partners are taking part in the so-called demo-project “HyFIVE”, one of which is OMV. The filling station in Tyrol is part of “Hydrogen Cluster-South”, which runs from Stuttgart via Munich to Verona. Four hydrogen stations have already been built in these cities. There will soon be five hydrogen vehicles on the roads of Tyrol. OMV opened the first public hydrogen filling station in Vienna in 2012 and the expansion of further stations is planned for the coming years. OMV is a member of H2-Mobility Deutschland GmbH,whose goal is to build around 400 hydrogen filling stations in Germany by 2023. Additional filling stations are also planned in Austria, for example in the Greater Linz region. Hydrogen offers exactly what drivers and the automotive industry need: similar ranges of up to 600 km for cars and quick stops to fuel up. Third largest retail fuel site in Europe This is Kuwait Petroleum Internationals first highway site in Luxembourg, located on the E25 motorway from Luxembourg to Belgium. This station is publicly acknowledged as the third biggest motorway site in the world. The site comprises of 2 forecourts with 28 filling positions for truck, 11 for cars and 2 for LPG. It has implemented LED lighting, solar panels, closed fridges in the shop and selected for green electricity. Moreover, it has a Delhaize Shop & Go of 350 m³. Highway petrol stations in Luxembourg are well-known stops for tourists, since filling up the tank in Luxembourg is generally more advantageous in price than in other European countries.When it was opened last year, the CEO of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation Nizar Al-Adsani, commented that “This achievement is an important step for KPC because we strive for growth and profitability in all our businesses in line with our 2030 strategy and we always aim to provide our customers with high quality products and superior service through our Q8 stations.”Kuwait Petroleum Northwest Europe Managing Director, Azzam Al-Mutawa said at the time that this is the first highway service station that is fully operated under Q8 in Luxembourg and it is the first Q8 service station to show the renewed Q8 brand.“The traffic stopping at the E25 Capellen site is somewhat different to our usual customer profile and we therefore have every reason to believe our presence here will help us enhance our sales and market share in the BENELUX region and further improve our position in the market.”


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