Royal Dutch/Shell is still in talks with China's Sinopec on the implementation details of a JV to operate up to 500 petrol stations in Jiangsu province, despite receiving a go-ahead from the central government five months ago.
Shell said the two firms were deciding which existing Sinopec petrol stations to include in the venture and where to build additional stations.
China's oil retailing sector will be opened in December this year under the country's WTO commitments.
Both Sinopec and rival PetroChina are setting up petrol station JVs with foreign rivals.
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