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Hungary gas deliveries from Ukraine halted

Hungary's gas deliveries from Ukraine stopped at 15:25 on Tuesday, minister in charge of energy affairs Csaba Molnár and János Zsuga of MOL Földgázszállító, the gas transmission unit of Hungarian oil and gas company MOL, said after a meeting of the Gas Supply Crisis Committee.

Zsuga said gas deliveries to Hungary via Austria were halved to 3 million cubic meters from the amount stipulated in the supply contract.

The crisis committee called on power plants that have access to alternative energy sources to limit their gas consumption from 11:00 on Wednesday.

Limiting consumption of the power plants is expected to “save” a daily 6 million – 8 million cubic meters of gas, Zsuga said.

Preparations being made to release gas from Hungary's 500 million-cubic-meter strategic reserve. The reserve is capable of releasing 3.6 million cubic meters a day.

Hungary also has a little more than 3 billion cubic meters of commercial gas stores capable of releasing a daily 51.5 million cubic meters.

Daily gas consumption on Tuesday was expected to reach 68 million cubic meters. (MTI – Econews)