Oil Company SOL Locked in Another Court Battle
The oil company SOL is locked in another court battle over what the company believes legitimately belongs to it. What has happened is that the company that took over the Shell and Esso assets in Guyana attempted to streamline its operations over the last three years. In at least two cases, litigation followed and last week SOL moved to retake one of its stations at Ogle. The Ogle franchise holder passed away so SOL moved to occupy the Ogle premises.
The attorney for the estate of the former franchise holder has claimed that SOL acted in a high-handed manner. A position that SOL rejects out of hand, the Head of Sol in Guyana Ken Figaro said that what Sol simply did was to padlock the convenience store since the Franchise holder only owned the stock in the store and the petrol in the tanks. The Oil Company owns the Petrol Station.
The Contract that exists between the oil company and the franchise holder also states that the franchise is not transferable it is personal to the holder.
The other station that is still in Litigation is the one at McDoom. The Franchise Holders moved to the courts claiming that they ought to have been considered favorably when SOL moved to re-organize and re-brand its petrol stations nationwide. These matters have been in the courts for two years while the new operators have to wait to occupy their spaces.
The Petrol Company has moved apace however with renovation and rebranding works at several other gas stations including the ones on Vlissingen Road and on Regent Street. SOL owns all but three of the Shell Branded Stations countrywide.