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GDF Suez to submit application to supply gas to Emfesz consumers

The Hungarian unit of France's GDF Suez will submit a letter of intent to the Hungarian Energy Office (MEH) to supply gas to consumers left without gas supplies due to the suspension of the license of gas trader Emfesz, Deputy CEO Péter Csiba of GDF Suez Energia Holding Hungary told MTI.

MEH will select a gas trader to supply the hundreds of thousands of consumers affected by the suspension of Emfesz's license due to take effect at 6:00 a.m. on January 13.

Supplying Emfesz' former clients would increase gas distributed by the Hungarian GDF Suez unit by about 10 million cubic meters a day, Csiba said.

Csiba emphasized that GDF Suez Energia Holding Hungary is ready to supply the consumers of Emfesz returning to universal service providers, noting that the company has both the energy resources and the financial security to do so.

MEH announced on Wednesday that it suspended for ninety days the operating license of gas trader Emfesz, which is struggling with liquidity problems. Emfesz supplies natural gas to 300,000 households as well as 300 municipal and 1100 institutional consumers, 6,000 SMEs and hundreds of industrial companies.

GDF Suez Energia Magyarország Zrt supplies energy (including gas and electricity) to around 700,000 Hungarian consumers. (MTI – Econews)