Efremov-Kautschuk is top bidder for TUPRAS

By Patrick Raleigh, ERJ ON-line news editor

Istanbul-Efremov-Kautschuk GmbH has put in the highest bid for the Turkish government’s 65.76-percent stake in TUPRAS (Turkish Petroleum Refineries Corp.), Turkey’s privatisation agency announced 13 Jan. Efremov’s bid of $1302-million, however, remains subject to approval by the Turkish authorities.

With 2002 sales of around $4800 million, TUPRAS encompasses major petroleum refining, petrochemical and related activities. Its petrochemicals division includes styrene butadiene rubber, polybutadiene rubber and carbon black production activities.

Efremov-Kautschuk was founded in 1992 as a global distribution joint venture…

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