OMV has announced the optimization of its operating network of 559 filling stations in Austria through the sale of some units. OMV said that an additional 70 OMV and Avanti filling stations will be placed on the market across Austria.

To date, the company has sold approximately 60 locations under the Avanti and OMV brands to new operators.

According to OMV, 28 of its own and Avanti filling stations sold in Styria and Carinthia were taken over by Annawitt, a company based in Graz, and will be operated under the A1 brand; and 11 of the OMV and Avanti filling stations in Burgenland were acquired by the Vienna-based petroleum company AWI Mineralolgroshandel and will be rebranded with the AWI brand.

OMV said that 11 stations in Tirol and two stations in Vorarlberg will become part of the filling station network of the Gutmann company. The firm Leikermoser acquired two OMV filling stations in Salzburg. Moreover, single stations were sold to private individuals.

The sale of an additional 70 filling stations, approximately 30 OMV and 40 Avanti stations, is planned to be finalized by the end of 2009. The company is currently operating 170 filling stations with Viva throughout Austria. A further roll-out up to 200 Viva shops is also planned.

OMV, an Austrian company, is active in Refining and Marketing (R&M) in 13 countries. In Exploration and Production (E&P) OMV is active in 20 countries on five continents. The company claims to be the largest oil and gas group in Central Europe, with oil and gas reserves of approx. 1.22 bn boe, daily production of around 316,000 boe and an annual refining capacity of 26 mn t.