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Hungary's gas reserves to reach maximum by heating season

A daily 26 million cubic meters of gas is being put into the gas reserves of gas-storage company E.ON Földgáz Storage, while the current 2.3 billion cubic meters of gas in storage will reach the maximum capacity of 3.7 billion cubic meters by the beginning of the heating season.

E.ON Földgáz Storage is the gas-storage unit of German utilities giant E.ON.

An expansion at the Zsana reserve will raise capacity by 600 million cubic meters, E.ON Hungária spokesman István Kutas told business daily Napi Gazdaság.

Kutas added that neither E.ON Hungária, nor its German parent company met representatives from Russia's Gazprom and Serbian gas company Srbijagas on Thursday to discuss Serbia's wish to store some of its gas deliveries from Russia in Hungary.

However, E.ON Hungária earlier engaged in talks regarding this issue with the company's Serbian and Bosnian peers, Kutas said.

Although E.ON Hungária will have enough additional free storage capacity from the autumn as a result of developments, while the sale of this capacity will be made according to strict regulations, Kutas said. E.ON's existing partners have preemption rights for the capacity, while the rest will be offered in an open sale, such as at auction, Kutas said. (MTI-ECONEWS)