Case opened: January 2013
Case References: MP-SIP/0034/
In January 2013, the OFT launched a formal investigation into the distribution of road fuels in the Western Isles of Scotland by GB Oils Limited ('GB Oils'). Since then the OFT has taken the decision to continue with the investigation and also to extend it to cover certain matters in the Shetland Islands. The investigation is under Chapter II of the Competition Act 1998 and relates to a suspected exclusionary abuses of a dominant position in the relevant market.
On 27 September 2013, GB Oils' name was changed to Certas Energy UK Limited ('Certas').
The subject matter of the investigation concerns the contractual arrangements for wholesale supply of road fuels in the Western Isles offered by GB Oils/Certas (where applicable trading under the name Scottish Fuels or through one of its group companies), the rebates paid to filling station customers in the Western Isles by GB Oils/Certas and any other payments that may have been made to filling station customers in the Western Isles by GB Oils/Certas.
The current investigation does not relate to excessive pricing and has not been prompted by the OFT's previous review of pricing, Petrol and Diesel Pricing in the Scottish Islands.
This case is at an early stage and no assumption should be made that there has been an infringement of competition law.
First Published: 18 January 2013
|Investigation opened||8 January 2013 (actual)|
|First Stop/Go Decision||April 2013
|Further investigation: information gathering, including issuance of formal or informal information requests and parties' responses||May 2013 -June 2013 (actual)|
|OFT analysis and review of parties' responses to information requests||June 2013- July 2013 (actual)|
|Decision on whether to proceed with investigation||July 2013 (actual)|
|Further analysis and information gathering||July -Sept 2013 (actual)|
|Decision on whether to proceed with investigation||October 2013 (actual)|
|Investigation outcome (issue of Statement of Objections; case closure - See Procedural Guidance (pdf 876kb)||January 2014 (estimate)|
Brian Jackson (020 7211 8446, firstname.lastname@example.org)
James Macbeth (020 7211 8958, email@example.com)
Ann Pope (020 7211 8786, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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