Petrovac – Russian oil giant Lukoil has decided to buy up the documentation for participation on an open competition which Montenegrin state Montenegrobonus has announced in order to find a long-term partner in business – confirmed the deputy of the chief of the main directory of Lukoil, Vladimir Rjepin.
– When we study the documentation we will decide whether we will take part in on the open competition. Basically we are interested – said Rjepin for “Vijesti”.
The open competition for the choice of the strategic partner of Montenegrobonus with which a joined company will be formed, which will be dealing with the businesses and storage of oil lubricants, construction of gas stations, and pipe works for the gas, was announced on the 6th of April and will last for 45 days. Except Lukoil, the Slovenian Petrol, Hungarian MOL, Croatian INA, Greek Hellenik petroleum, Serbian NIS, and Canadian Bankers petroleum have shown the interest too.
In the Russian company, which in October last year in Podgorica founded an enterprise Lukoil Montenegro are planning to develop a network of gas stations in Montenegro next year.
– We want to be in this market, to develop ourselves through the shipment of fuel of European quality, in the first line for the needs of the state, agriculture and private business. Montenegro needs a European level of services in that area. In first line, ecological standards should be provided, because Montenegro is a beautiful country with the clean sea –said Rjepin.
He confirmed that Lukoil is interested also in oil terminals in the biggest Montenegrin harbor in Bar.
– We are interested in terminals in Bar Harbor. We will observe the situation and wait for the conditions of privatization, which will be announced – said Rjepin. Commenting the investment climate in Montenegro he said that Montenegro as a new state and its Government are trying to make the country attractive for the investors.
– The new laws are being passes and new regulations are being formed. When they start to be firm, the ambience will get improved and it will be even more attractive for investments. We hope that that process will go faster – said Rjepin. Answering on the question whether he noticed that in Montenegro, among other things under the influence of European institutions there is a resistance to Russian investments, Rjepin negated that.
– I think that the conditions are equal for everyone and that it cannot be spoken about that that Europe is imposing some limitations. The most important thing is to make a legal base and to give guarantees for the investments. The Russians have come here because between Russian and Montenegro there are certain connections and traditionally good relations – said Rjepin.
He said that after Montenegro ahs become a state the investments are yet to come.
– We have experience with the investments in the countries of the region, Bulgaria, Serbia, Romania and we have learned a lot. We would like to apply our experiences here – said Rjepin.
Lukoil is one of the biggest oil companies in the world and the biggest one in Russian, which cover 19% of the production and processing in that country.