Motor Fuel / Shell merger inquiry

The CMA investigated the acquisition by Motor Fuel Limited of 90 petrol stations from Shell Service Station Properties Limited, Shell UK Limited and GOGB Limited.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 date Action
24 September 2015 Decision published
26 August 2015 Decision announced
1 July to 15 July 2015 Invitation to comment
1 July 2015 Initial enforcement order
1 July 2015 Launch of merger inquiry

Phase 1

CMA clearance decision

26 August 2015: The CMA has cleared the acquisition by Motor Fuel Limited of 90 petrol stations from Shell Service Station Properties Limited, Shell UK Limited and GOGB Limited. The full text of the decision is available below.

Invitation to comment: Now closed

1 July 2015: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering, whether it is or may be the case that under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 (the Act):

  1. pursuant to section 33 of the Act, arrangements are in progress or in contemplation which, if carried into effect, will result in the creation of a relevant merger situation, or

  2. pursuant to section 22 of the Act, in relation to each site a relevant merger situation is created on completion,

and if so whether the creation of the situation in 1 and 2 above has or may be expected to result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.

Initial enforcement order

On 1 July 2015, the CMA served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Scimitar, MFG and MFL in relation to the acquisition by Motor Fuel Limited of 90 petrol stations from Shell Service Station Properties Limited, Shell UK Limited and GOGB Limited.

Amendments/consents granted:

Launch of CMA merger inquiry

1 July 2015: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties.

Contact

Please send written representations about any competition issues to:

Carole Bowley / Reena Ravinder Matharoo
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD

carole.bowley@cma.gsi.gov.uk / reenaravinder.matharoo@cma.gsi.gov.uk

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