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How did we get here?

Discover the history of VARO, which began with the purchase of the Cressier refinery in Switzerland in 2012, right through to our latest acquisition.   
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OUR HISTORY

2019
VARO becomes majority shareholder in the German refinery Bayernoil
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VARO becomes majority shareholder in the German refinery Bayernoil with a total of 51.4% shares and acquires  Pmb-plant in Vohburg.
2019
SMD Beheer BV
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VARO acquires 100% of the shares in SMD Beheer BV, a company within the Calpam-group, thus adding 19 Calpam-branded stations to its Dutch retail network.
2018
VARO purchases Van den Belt
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VARO expands their retail network in the Netherlands with the purchase of Van den Belt and gains several fuel stations in the process.
2017
VARO acquires 100% shares of Inter Oil B.V.
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VARO announces the growth of retail activities in the Netherlands by signing an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares of Inter Oil B.V., a holding company, gaining the brand names Brand Oil and amiGo.
2017
Petrotank terminal sold
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A former Petrotank terminal situated in Hanau in Germany is sold to Adolf Roth GmbH & Co. KG.
2017
Hydrocarbon Hotel Tankstorage sold
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Hydrocarbon Hotel Tankstorage Terminal, purchased in 2016, is sold to Global Petro Storage.
2017
Schneider Mineralöl Meissen GmbH
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VARO announces the growth of retail business in Eastern Germany by acquiring the assets of Schneider Mineralöl Meissen GmbH, a retail and direct sales company.
2017
Purchase of United Fuel Group B.V
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VARO expands their retail network in the Netherlands with the purchase of United Fuel Group B.V. and gains several fuel stations in the process.
2016
Hydrocarbon Hotel and Enviem Terminal
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VARO takes full control over two tankstorage terminals in the Netherlands: Hydrocarbon Hotel and Enviem Terminal.
2016
VARO expands bunkering activities
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VARO expands their inland bunkering activities by acquiring Fiwado B.V. in the Netherlands.
2016
VARO Energy Tankstorage GmbH
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Petrotank, purchased in 2014, changes its name to VARO Energy Tankstorage GmbH.
2015
VARO acquires Gekol
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VARO acquires German wholesale distributor Gekol and its subsidiary Marol.
2015
VARO merger with Argos
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VARO and Argos, a Dutch based company, sign a merger agreement and VARO gains full ownership of Rhytank AG, located in Switzerland.
2015
VARO Bunkering
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VARO purchases bunkering activities from Vitol in Germany.
2014
Vitol Marketing & Petrotank
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VARO purchases Vitol Marketing & Petrotank in Germany.
2014 September
Roger Brown Named Chief Executive Officer of VARO
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VARO has announced  that Roger Brown will become the firm’s CEO, effective first quarter of 2015.
2014 July
VARO expands by acquiring storage and general trade businesses in Switzerland from Total
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The purchased assets include tank storage facilities in Eclépens near Lausanne and Total’s entire end customer distribution and sales network for domestic heating oil and diesel in Switzerland.
2014 July
VARO becomes owner of 45% of Bayernoil refinery
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VARO completed the acquisition of shares held by OMV Deutschland GmbH (Vienna SE – OMV:AV) in Bayernoil Raffineriegesellschaft mbH, as well as certain downstream assets owned by OMV Deutschland GmbH.
2015 - January
50 million CHF investment in Cressier Refinery
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VARO announces the investment of over 50 million Swiss Francs in the refinery turnaround and other projects at Cressier Refinery, Switzerland. This is one of the most significant investments in the site’s history, putting the refinery in a position where it can remain competitive for the long term.
2012
Cressier refinery, marketing and storage activities
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Purchase of the Cressier refinery, marketing and storage activities in Switzerland.
VARO becomes majority shareholder in the German refinery Bayernoil
SMD Beheer BV
VARO purchases Van den Belt
VARO acquires 100% shares of Inter Oil B.V.
Petrotank terminal sold
Hydrocarbon Hotel Tankstorage sold
Schneider Mineralöl Meissen GmbH
Purchase of United Fuel Group B.V
Hydrocarbon Hotel and Enviem Terminal
VARO expands bunkering activities
VARO Energy Tankstorage GmbH
VARO acquires Gekol
VARO merger with Argos
VARO Bunkering
Vitol Marketing & Petrotank
Roger Brown Named Chief Executive Officer of VARO
VARO expands by acquiring storage and general trade businesses in Switzerland from Total
VARO becomes owner of 45% of Bayernoil refinery
50 million CHF investment in Cressier Refinery
Cressier refinery, marketing and storage activities
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