Shell to sell Russian retail business to Lukoil

Energy giant Shell has agreed to sell more than 400 of its petrol stations in Russia to the country’s second largest oil producer, Lukoil.

 

Shell Neft, the firm’s subsidiary in Russia, will be sold for an undisclosed sum.

 

Many Western oil and gas firms have been looking to offload their Russian businesses following the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

 

Shell said the deal, which includes 411 petrol stations, will protect 350 jobs.

 

The sale also includes a lubricants blending plant around 200km north-west of Moscow. Lukoil is Russia’s largest oil producer after state-backed Rosneft.

 

Shell announced in February that it would sell its Russian assets because of the invasion of Ukraine.

 

Earlier this month, it reported record quarterly profits as energy firms continue to benefit from surging oil and gas prices.

 

In the first three months of this year, Shell made $9.13bn (£7.3bn) – nearly triple its $3.2bn profit it announced for the same period last year.

 

But the firm said pulling out of Russian deals, which include the sale of its stakes in all joint business ventures with Russian state energy firm Gazprom, had cost it $3.9bn (£3.1bn).

 

“Under this deal, more than 350 people currently employed by Shell Neft will transfer to the new owner of this business,” said Huibert Vigeveno, Shell’s downstream director.

 

Maxim Donde, Lukoil’s vice president for refined products sales, said, “The acquisition of Shell’s high-quality businesses in Russia fits well into Lukoil’s strategy to develop its priority sales channels, including retail, as well as the lubricants business.”

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