Lukoil sells off gas stations to Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic
Lukoil signed an agreement with Hungarian oil and gas company Mol Plc and Norm Benzikut, it said in a press release. "The decision to sell the assets was taken
as part of the effort to optimize Lukoil's business in petroleum product marketing." Lukoil President Vagit Alekperov last week told Reuters that the company is looking to sell off assets in Europe in order to better focus on Russian projects.
Last week, Lukoil announced it will offload 240 service stations in Western Ukraine to Austria's AMIC Energy Management GmbH. The decision came after Right Sector nationalists blocked and demanded free gas from several stations in western Ukraine.
Lukoil bought over 1,300 gas stations from Getty Petroleum in the US in 2000, and currently operates 500 Lukoil branded service stations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. ■