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GS Caltex to sell gas near Kaesong

Aug 27,2007
GS Caltex Corp., South Korea’s second-biggest oil refiner, plans to open a gas station near the Kaesong Industrial Complex as its first North Korea project.
To that end, the company signed a memorandum of understanding with Jiudau, a South Korean firm that has received the right to use land in Kaesong from the North Korean government, Jiudau said.
According to Jiudau, a service company specializing in events for inter-Korean cultural and sports exchanges, GS Caltex will spend 17 billion won ($18 million) to build a gas station in the 6,611 square meter (71,160 square feet) site.
Jiudau said North Korea had approved the gas station plans. After approval from South Korea’s Unification Ministry set for next month, Jiudau and GS Caltex will begin construction and open the station in the first half of next year.
Kim Kwang-soo, managing director of GS Caltex, only said, “We are considering a gas station near the Kaesong Industrial Complex as our first North Korea business project.”
Jiudau said that once the Kaesong station is running well, GS Caltex will open stations in other North Korean cities, including Pyongyang.
Hyundai Oilbank, another South Korean oil refiner, is already operating a gas station in the Kaesong Industrial Complex and selling gasoline at $1 per liter.


By You Sang-won Economist [symoon@joongang.co.kr]




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