Nicholls’ (Fuel Oils) Limited / DCC Energy Limited in Northern Ireland

The CMA is investigating the completed acquisition by Nicholls’ (Fuel Oils) Limited of the oil distribution business of DCC Energy Limited in Northern Ireland.

Statutory timetable

Phase 1 Date Action
14 November 2018 Deadline for phase 1 decision*
19 September 2018 to 3 October 2018 Invitation to Comment
19 September 2018 Launch of merger inquiry
8 June 2018 Initial enforcement order

*This date is the current statutory deadline by when the decision will be announced. If any change occurs, the information is refreshed as soon as practicable. However, the CMA cannot guarantee that the decision will be announced on or before this current deadline, as the deadline of a given case may change during the merger assessment process due to different reasons.

Phase 1

Invitation to comment: closes 3 October 2018

19 September 2018: The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is considering whether it is or may be the case that this transaction has resulted in the creation of a relevant merger situation under the merger provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002 and, if so, whether the creation of that situation has resulted, 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.

To assist it with this assessment, the CMA invites comments on the transaction from any interested party.

Launch of merger inquiry

19 September 2018: The CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry by notice to the parties:

Directions to appoint a monitoring trustee

17 July 2018: On 11 July 2018, pursuant to an initial enforcement order dated 8 June 2018, the CMA directed Nicholls (Fuel Oils) Limited to appoint a monitoring trustee.

Initial enforcement order

On 8 June 2018, the CMA has served an initial enforcement order under section 72(2) of the Enterprise Act 2002 on Nicholls’ (Fuel Oils) Limited, in relation to the completed acquisition by Nicholls’ (Fuel Oils) Limited of the oil distribution business of DCC Energy Limited in Northern Ireland.

Amendments/consents granted:

Contact

Please send written representations about any competition or public interest to:

Lauren O'Brien
Competition and Markets Authority
Victoria House
Southampton Row
London
WC1B 4AD

Lauren.OBrien@cma.gov.uk

Published 12 June 2018
Last updated 19 September 2018 + show all updates
  1. Invitation to comment issued and commencement of initial period notice published.
  2. Derogation published.
  3. Derogation published.
  4. Directions for monitoring trustee and derogation published.
  5. First published.