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Malta: Gas rivals quarrel over alleged cartel

 |  October 24, 2013

In response to accusations of a cartel, gas company GRTU has denied any such involvement – claims made by rival Liquigas – and further described its rival as a company with “no limits to arrogance.”

Liquigas previously accused GRTU of forming a cartel with 23 fuel distributors. Since, GRTU said it would hold Liquigas accountable for damages caused by the claims and has lodged complaints that it has been blocked from distributing gas cylinders.

Reports say the dispute between the companies stems from a 1992 agreement between competition regulators and the gas companies that offered territorial exclusivity for the gas companies’ operations.

That report, GRTU said, is still valid but is being challenged before the Competition and Consumer Appeals Tribunal. The court will decide the legality of the agreement, the company said, not Liquigas.

Full content: Times of Malta

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