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Shell Boosts UK Retail Presence

LONDON, June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —

Shell U.K. Limited today agreed to acquire 254 petrol retail sites in the UK from Rontec Investments LLP (the Snax 24 Consortium) for a total cash consideration of around $400million (£240million), bringing competitively priced quality fuels to more customers across the UK.

“The deal with the Snax 24 Consortium fits Shell’s global Downstream strategy of pursuing opportunities in selected markets where we see prospects for growth,” said Mark Williams, Downstream Director.

“Shell is pleased to be investing in our retail business in the UK, a very competitive market,” said John Bullock, Shell’s Executive Vice-President, Retail.  “With this improved network of petrol stations , Shell will be able to provide more people with a top quality customer offer including quality branded fuels, in a convenient location and at a competitive price, helping us compete for the long term.”

The deal with the Snax 24 Consortium marks the biggest single expansion of Shell’s petrol station network in the UK, where the company has marketed quality fuels to motorists for nearly 100 years.  Most recently, UK motorists responded positively to Shell’s new regular fuel, Shell FuelSave, which was introduced in 2010 to complement Shell’s premium fuels offer Shell V-Power.

The addition of the new stations – which are mostly in the Midlands and South East of England and fit well with Shell’s existing national network – will enhance Shell’s position as a leading fuels retailer in the UK, with 1,150 stations.

Completion of the agreement is expected around year-end subject to the satisfaction of regulatory and other conditions.

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