OFT to continue investigation into GB Oils

The Scottish Fuels depot in Stornoway. SGD24452.
The Scottish Fuels depot in Stornoway. SGD24452.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has decided to continue its investigation into the distribution of road fuels in the Western Isles.

This month was the deadline for a decision to proceed or close the investigation, following a further information gathering exercise which had been ongoing since July this year.

The subject matter of the investigation concerns the contractual arrangements for wholesale supply of road fuels in the Western Isles offered by GB Oils (parent company of Scottish Fuels).

The rebates paid to filling station customers in the Western Isles by GB Oils and any other payments that may have been made to filling station customers in the Western Isles by GB Oils is under the spotlight.

The watch-dog have now issued a further deadline, January 2014, for what they are calling an ‘investigation outcome’.

By that time the formal investigation will have been ongoing for a year.

An OFT spokesperson commented: “We are continuing to investigate this issue and no final decision has been made.”