Total takes over Shell’s retail network in Egypt

shell egypt-trondheim byarkiv flickrTotal currently owns 70 fuel stations in Egypt. (Image source: Trondheim Byarkiv/Flickr)French oil and gas company Total has acquired Royal Dutch Shell’s fuel retail network in Egypt as part of its strategy to strengthen its distribution position in the country and across the wider region

The details of the transaction have, however, not yet been disclosed.

A Total spokesperson said, “Through this acquisition, we reaffirm our ambition to pursue our development in Africa and in the Middle East in the retail business.”

Total currently owns 70 fuel stations in Egypt, representing a four per cent market share, and will acquire 85 more stations from Shell to become Egypt’s fourth-largest petrol retailer, doubling its market share, the company said.

Industry sources said that the prospects in the retail sector were brighter in emerging markets, where demand for petrol and transport fuels was continuing to grow.

In a statement, Shell said, “The sale is consistent with Shell’s strategy to concentrate its downstream footprint on a smaller number of assets and markets.”

The company also cited the recent sale of some refineries in the UK and Germany and its refining and marketing businesses in Finland and Sweden as examples of this.

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