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Lithuania's Competition Council opened an investigation into Orlen Lietuva, suspecting the oil refinery could have sold diesel fuel to one company under preferential terms.
Orlen Lietuva
Orlen Lietuva
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The Competition Council said on Friday that Orlen Lietuva, the refinery in northern Lithuania owned by Poland's Orlen, could have abused its market dominance when selling diesel fuel to Imlitex, disadvantaging other petrol retailers.

Petrol station operators complained several years ago that Imlitex was enjoying better terms for buying diesel fuel from Orlen Lietuva, which allowed the company to sell it to farmers at discount prices.

The Competition Council then decided not to open an investigation, but the Union of Lithuanian Petrol Stations appealed the decision in the Lithuanian courts.

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