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MOL launched the first petrol station in Poland. Lotos stations taken over by MOL [lista]

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The MOL Group has opened the first station in Poland under its brand. The point is located in the Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, next to the S7 expressway. This is one of over 410 Lotos stations taken over by the Hungarian concern. We have a list of all stations previously owned by the Gdańsk-based concern, which will operate under the MOL brand. These include facilities in Warsaw, Kraków, Gdańsk, Łódź, Poznań and Wrocław.

As part of the remedial measures related to the merger of Orlen and Lotos, MOL took over the majority, i.e. over 410, of the gas stations of the Gdańsk concern. The agreement on this matter was signed at the end of November 2022. In turn, the PKN Orlen network was expanded by about 100 Lotos service stations.

MOL opened the first station in Poland

The Hungarian company initially assumed that the first station in Poland under the MOL brand would be launched in January 2023. It finally happened in early February.

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“The new station of the Hungarian fuel brand was built on the S7 route in Klemencice, approximately halfway between Kielce and Krakow, 230 km from Warsaw. Initially, it was announced that it would open on February 10, but it was launched before the weekend,” wrote the industry e-portal petrol.pl.

Soon the MOL sign should also appear in other locations. We have a list of 413 stations taken over by the Hungarian concern. These include facilities in Warsaw, Kraków, Gdańsk, Poznań, Łódź, Szczecin and Wrocław.

Most fuel stations under the MOL brand will be present in Mazowieckie – 56 and Wielkopolskie – 47. Taking into account cities, Gdańsk will be the leader with 13 facilities. The Hungarian concern in Warsaw took over 7 Lotos facilities.

How are gas stations selected?

“The package of stations selected as part of the implementation of remedial measures was the result of a multi-level analysis – both at the level of the entire network and at the local level – of individual micromarkets. The guidelines for such analysis come from the European Commission and are based on the European Commission’s methodology used in the concentration assessment” – TVN24 Biznes was previously informed by the press office of PKN Orlen.

Representatives of the Płock concern, asked by us whether MOL had any influence on the choice of the location of the Lotos stations that it took over, explained that “the process of determining the station package for sale was part of the arrangements with the European Commission, and not with individual bidders interested in purchasing”.

Earlier, there was information that the Hungarian concern would pay USD 610 million for Lotos stations.

Petrol stations in Poland

MOL will be in fourth place in terms of the number of petrol stations in Poland.

According to the data of the Polish Organization of Oil Industry and Trade, at the end of 2022, PKN Orlen had the most stations in Poland – 1920. BP was in second place. There were 574 stations belonging to the concern in our country. On the lowest step of the podium is Shell with 455 points.

In fifth place is the Moya network – 401 stations, and in sixth place is CircleK – 393.

MOL has been present in Poland since 1997. MOL’s Slovak subsidiary Slovnaft owns Slovnaft Polska, headquartered in Kraków, and has been operating in southern Poland since 1997.

Main photo source: Vlad Ispas / Shutterstock.com

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