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Főgáz aims to make 75,000 Emfesz clients its own

Gas distributor for Budapest Főgáz, owned by the local council and Germany's RWE, aims to make 75,000 clients of peer Emfesz its own, a spokesman for the company suggested at a press conference on Wednesday.

Főgáz is supplying the 75,000 clients for a 90-day period while Emfesz's licence is suspended. It is one of several gas traders picked by the Hungarian Energy Office (MEH) to temporarily supply more than 300,000 Emfesz clients.

Főgáz is supplying the Emfesz clients until April 13, but it wants to extend this period, and until now, 99.6% of the clients have declared they would stay with Főgáz, said company spokesman Norbert Balint. Főgáz has already applied for licences to be a universal utilities provider in seven counties, he added.

The Hungarian Energy Office (MEH) suspended Emfesz's gas trading licence in January for 90 days, after its suppliers stopped deliveries because of unpaid bills.

Emfesz managing director István Góczi told MTI at the beginning of February that problems that resulted in the suspension of gas trader Emfesz's licence had “come to an end”.