The network of OKKO filling stations has launched an ‘antinational campaign’: it participates in the cartel agreement, gains abnormal profit on Ukrainian drivers and destroys rivals as blogger and journalist Serhiy Ivanov reported on Facebook.
According to him, OKKO lobbies its interests through the ‘puppet’ Ukrainian Oil and Gas Association that is headed by Nelya Pryvalova and resident expert – director of A-95 consulting agency and Enkorr Serhiy Kyyun.
He noted that the association at the level of the President’s Office and the government lobbies the inspections of the filling stations that sell fuel cheaper than OKKO. According to blogger, Serhiy Kyyun is heading the media attacks. Ivanov reminded that Kyyun ‘is called a ‘media killer’ in the professional community. At the request of OKKO senior leadership, he destroys rivals on mass media and social networks. Kyyun also condones publicly the sharp growth of prices for fuel and diesel fuel that is recently observed at OKKO filling stations’.
“When networks of filling stations increase prices for fuel, usually, it is explained by the rising cost of oil…But besides the rising cost of oil, other things exist – for example, cartel agreements that allow to continue the increase of prices,” Ivanov wrote.
He also added that currently, at OKKO filling stations, the price of fuel surpassed 31 hryvnias per liter ($1.12). Meanwhile, considering the current price of oil, the fair price of fuel is 26-27 hryvnia ($0.94-0.97), diesel fuel – 24 hryvnia ($0.87). However, OKKO sells diesel at 31.99 hryvnias ($1.15), while the price of small wholesale makes 21.75 hryvnias ($0.78). The difference in prices is the abnormal profit, according to the journalists.
“The difference is 10.24 hryvnia ($0.37), while small wholesale also gains some money. That is why at least 11 hryvnias ($0.40) of income is looting of drivers,” Ivanov wrote.
According to him, WOG and SOCAR filling stations are in collusion with OKKO as they also ‘dictate their overestimated prices through ‘puppet’ Ukrainian Oil and Gas Association”.
“The banal robbing takes place for abnormal profit. Monopolists make a profit from each liter – 6-8 hryvnia ($0.22-0.29), putting pressure on the competitors through Association and resident experts,” the blogger wrote.
In 2019, Ukraine’s Antimonopoly Committee fined WOG, OKKO, and SOCAR gas stations in the amount of $2.9 million. The Antimonopoly Committee made a final decision on the results of the investigation of the case on the commitment of anti-competitive coordinated actions of “market leaders.”