In the Altai region of about 100 independent petrol stations are in bankruptcy.

The owners of more than 100 gas stations in the Altai region are in the process of bankruptcy due to the fact that loans are paid out of time, said the head of the Altai Fuel Union Yuri Matveiko. Some of them have already been closed, only the last three years stopped working about 50 gas stations. Now the province has approximately 500 gas stations (about 150 gas stations owned by oil companies). 2016 will be no less severe than the current one, he said. From the market will go out more than a dozen independent operators.

The cost of loans for independent gas stations rose sharply, agrees director of Small Letters Vitaly Kryukov. While the independent operators are under pressure from the vertically integrated oil companies (VICs). Recent ready to reduce the price of fuel at a loss to supplant the independent gas station, Matveiko stated. At this, oil company raised wholesale prices, but restrain prices in its own retail stores. In 2015, the wholesale price of Ai-92 in the Altai region to independent gas stations exceed the retail price on the gas stations of VIOC by 30-50 kopiyks per liter. According to Matveiko, similar problems have independent petrol stations of Novosibirsk, Kuzbass. And this trend is observed in the last six years, he added.

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