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Energy Office picks gas traders to supply Emfesz clients

The Hungarian Energy Office has selected gas traders to supply more than 300,000 clients of troubled Emfesz, business daily Világgazdaság reported on its website on Monday.

MEH said on Wednesday it would suspend Emfesz's gas trading license for 90 days, after its suppliers stopped delivery because of unpaid bills. The office was to select gas traders to supply clients from January 13.

Emfesz retail clients will get their gas from Tigáz in the area serviced by Főgáz in the capital, while Főgáz will supply clients in the area serviced by Tigáz, Világgazdaság wrote, citing market sources. E.ON and GDF Suez will both supply Emfesz clients in their own respective service areas.

MOL Energiakereskedő will supply Emfesz' non-retail clients, the paper said.

An MEH official told MTI on Monday that the office would announce the service providers taking over Emfesz's clients by January 12 at the latest. None of the clients will be left without gas, said Csaba Vigassy.

E.ON Hungaria communications director István Kutas said it had already been decided that more than 60,000 of their former clients would be supplied by E.ON Hungaria during the period Emfesz's licence is suspended. (MTI-Econews)