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SOCAR denies its interest to acquire Oltchim

13 January 2014
General Interest
Bogdan Tudorache

Azerbaijani oil company SOCAR will continue to invest in Romania, but these investments do not include the purchase of Oltchim, according to the General Manager of SOCAR Romania, Hamza Karimov.

“Given the current situation of Oltchim, I do not think there is a positive position of SOCAR leadership about this project,” said Karimov on Tuesday. The Government proposed to SOCAR last year to take over the petrochemical plant located in Râmnicu Vâlcea, since it is close to declare bankcruptcy since January 2013.

The Ministry of Economy, the major shareholder of Oltchim, will wait until January 31st bids from companies interested in buying the shares of Oltchim SPV, a special purpose vehicule which controls the assets of the unit, valued at 305.24 million euros.

An attempt to privatize Oltchim failed in 2012, and since then the state is seeking solutions to keep the plant in operation. SOCAR is present in Romania in the fuel distribution segment, with a network of 22 units. Azeri company plans aims at creating a network of 300 stations within a few years. SOCAR has 338 employees in Romania, of which approximately 40% were recruited in 2013.

Autor: Bogdan Tudorache

Active in the economic and business press for the past 26 years, Bogdan graduated Law and then attended intensive courses in Economics and Business English. He went up to the position of editor-in-chief since 2006 and has provided management and editorial policy for numerous economic publications dedicated especially to the community of foreign investors in Romania. From 2003 to 2013 he was active mainly in the financial-banking sector. He started freelancing for Energynomics in 2013, notable for his advanced knowledge of markets, business communities and a mature editorial style, both in Romanian and English.

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