Petersburg Fuel Company

Petersburg Fuel Company

The Petersburg Fuel Company (PTK, in Russian: Петербургская топливная компания, ПТК) is a joint stock company of Saint Petersburg, Russia, specializing mostly in gasoline refining, storage, transportation and retailing, founded in September 1994 after a fuel supply crisis had hit the city hard. Until 2001, when it became an open joint stock holding, the company had been a closed joint stock company.

As of July 2002, it was the leading gasoline retail operator in Saint Petersburg and run 94 out of 270 gasoline filling stations there and several stations in the neighboring regions. [] As of Summer 2003 it had 69 stations and 28 percent of sales followed by Phaeton Gasoline Company with 36 stations and a 14-percent market share. [] According to its website, it currently (February 2008) has 84 stations in St Petersburg and 111 elsewhere in Russia, including 10 in Moscow (of which at least 4 were formerly supplied by Yukos). [] The company also has acquired the Rzhevka Airport after its bankruptcy. []

Director Generals

*September 131994German Makarov
*November 211995Alexander Kozlov
*January 291997Vladimir Smirnov
*July 11998Vyacheslav Shalin
*June 11999Vadim Glazkov
*July1999Vyacheslav Shalin

Chairpersons of the Board of Directors

*September 131994Dmitry Filippov
*September 301996Vladimir Kalashov
*June 301997Andrei Stepanov
*December 281999Vladimir Smirnov
*June 302001Vadim Glazkov
*November 302004Yury Antonov

hareholder structure

(as of Juanuary 2007)

* Petersburg City Bank - 75.9%
* Promtrade Ltd. - 21.9%
* City Property Committee of the Saint Petersburg City Administration - 1.6%
* VITA-X JSC - 0.6%


The first board of directors and managing committee of the company were elected on September 131994. The company was organized by the City Property Management Committee of Saint Petersburg City Administration, Property Management Committee of Leningrad Oblast Administration, Baltic Sea Steamship Company, Northwestern Steamship Company, Oktyabrskaya Railway Directorate, Saint Petersburg Seaport, Pulkovo Aviation Enterprise, Bank Rossiya, Rus Insurance Company, Eurosib Saint Petersburg and 11 other organizations with equal 4.76% shares of its charter capital and officially registered on September 21, 1994.

On January 201995, the Company and the Saint Petersburg City Administration signed an agreement under which the company undertook to supply city industry. [] Later on the city's behalf Vice Mayor Vladimir Putin signed a decree granting the company a virtual monopoly over retail gasoline sales in the city, including supply to the huge fleet of city ambulances, cop cars, buses and taxis. [] The company began to develop its filling stations network.

On March 221996, Ziya Bazhayev was appointed Vice-President of the company.On June 41996 the company agreed to cooperate with YUKOS until 2000.In September 1996 the company for the first time bought 20 thousand tons of crude oil to process it on the Kirishinefteorgsintez refinery.

In 1998 - 1999 Vladimir Barsukov (Kumarin), reportedly the leader of the powerful Tambov Gang, was a member of the board of directors of the company and its vice president. [] , [] , []

On October 131998 President of the Company Dmitry Filippov died from wounds three days after the explosion of a radio-controlled mine. [] , [] In 1996 he took part in the elections for the position of St. Petersburg governor, and as of 1998 was an authorized delegate of Gennady Seleznyov, Speaker of the State Duma. [] On February 161999 Yury Shutov, a deputy in St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly and a prominent businessman, was arrested on charges of having organized this and other contract murders. []

Andrei Stepanov, in turn, unsuccessfully took part as a contender in the 1999 St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly election. [] The company's president Yuri Antonov served as vice-governor of Saint Petersburg from 1997 till 2002.

In 2001 the company was restructured in an open joint stock holding, and the City Property Committee of the Saint Petersburg City Administration under Valery Nazarov lost 13.2 out of its 14.5% share as a result. []

In August 2001 Interior Minister Boris Gryzlov claimed that the company as well as up to 100 other industrial enterprises in Saint Petersburg are controlled by the Tambov Gang. [] , []

In May 2002 Gryzlov sent a commission to St. Petersburg to investigate corruption allegations in the city's gasoline market. The investigation was started after the Faeton Gasoline Company, second largest gasoline retailer in the city, had complained to both Gryzlov and the Prosecutor General's Office in April that the Saint Petersburg City Administration gave preferences to the Petersburg Fuel Company. [] However, this had no evident consequences.

In August 2006, the company's president Yuri Antonov announced that the company would like to sell its stations to the oil company Surgutneftegaz, its supplier of gasoline, and that Gazprom and Surgutneftegaz might build a storage and distribution terminal near St. Petersburg on a 7 km² site owned by the Petersburg Fuel Company. [] , []

References and notes

External links

* [ Official site] (in Russian)
* [ PTK] (in Russian)

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