PKN Orlen gets new rivals on Czech market
August 7, 2014
Poland's top fuel group PKN Orlen may face increased competition on the Czech market, where it is present via its unit Unipetrol, after Russian Lukoil sold its 44-strong petrol station chain in the country to Hungarian MOL, the daily Parkiet writes.
MOL has also recently bought 125 stations from Italy's Eni, expanding its network to 318 stations, as compared to 338 stations owned by PKN Orlen.
The Polish refiner won't give in easily, mulling both investment options and organic growth, Orlen's press office said. Four new self-service stations are to be built yet this year, on track to the 50 target for the 2013-2017 period. Orlen will also increase marketing of its Czech brand Benzina.