13 Sep 2010 11:12

Gazprom Neft denies Guardian report it may buy filling stations in UK

MOSCOW. Sept 13 (Interfax) - Gazprom Neft has denied a report in the Guardian that the Russian oil major is planning to buy filling stations in the UK from French Total.

A Gazprom Neft told Interfax on Sunday that "the company is not buying filling stations in the UK from Total."

Total said earlier it was "reviewing the future of 480 directly owned forecourts and contracts to supply 300 franchised-out stations," the Guardian said. Total currently has a 9% share of the British market.

The French major is also seeking a buyer for the Lindsey Refinery, located northeast of London. It processes about 10 million tonnes of oil a year and is tied to the major fuel depot that, among other things, serves Heathrow Airport.