About 105 Esso fuel stations in the Netherlands are expected to change hands. A new management company, NRG Value, based in Utrecht, is expected to take over operations of these stations. No official statements have come from either Esso or NRG.
NRG is a business initiative established by former Shell, ExxonMobil and Merrill Lynch executives. Its business model of branded wholesale allows international oil companies to keep control over large and complex supply and manufacturing processes, “with a low-cost model for local delivery providing the best platform for volume growth.”
This takeover would continue the trend of major oil companies seeking ways to maintain fuel supply volumes without running the fuel retail business themselves.