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Hungary Mercedes plant inaugurates HUF 1.5 bln power substation

German car maker Daimler on Wednesday inaugurated a HUF 1.5 billion electricity substation at its €800 million plant in Kecskemét (C Hungary) with a nominal capacity of 63 MW.

That would be enough to supply a city of 90,000 people with electricity, like Kecskemét itself. The plant's initial energy demand would require capacity of 25 MW which will later grow to about 50 MW.

Electricity distributer EDF DEMASZ invested HUF 700 million in the HUF 1.5 billion project while Daimler financed the rest.

About 650 people work at plant already, but headcount will rise to 2,200 by the end of 2011, Mr Klein said. The aim is to raise the number of Hungarians manufacturing and assembling cars at the plant to 2,500 by 2012, Klein added.

The plant will be completed by May 2011. Production will start following trial production at the beginning of 2012. The plant is expected to turn out a hundred thousand compact cars a year. (MTI-Econews)