The Indian Competition Authority fines joint venture for denying access to essential facility in the market for upstream terminalling services (East India Petroleum / South Asia LPG)

CCI imposes penalty on South Asia LPG Company Ltd for abuse of dominant position- a classic case of denial of essential facility* The Competition Commission of India (CCI) by an order dated 11 July 2018, has imposed penalty of INR 19.2 Crore on South Asia LPG Company Ltd (‘SALPG’), a joint venture between TOTAL, the French oil major and the Public Sector Oil Marketing Company (“OMC”), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (“HPCL”) for denial of market access to a private terminal operator, East India Petroleum Pvt. Ltd (‘EIPL’) at Visakhapatnam port (‘Port’). It was held by the CCI that this denial of market access to EIPL amounted to SALPG abusing its dominant position in the ‘market for upstream terminalling services at Vishakhapatnam Port’. Brief background Both SALPG and EIPL are engaged in

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  • Vaish Associates, Advocates (New Delhi)

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Man Mohan Sharma, The Indian Competition Authority fines joint venture for denying access to essential facility in the market for upstream terminalling services (East India Petroleum / South Asia LPG), 11 July 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin July 2018, Art. N° 87866

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