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PM sees little trouble maintaining gas consumption levels for two weeks

Hungary can maintain its current level of gas consumption for the next two weeks without much trouble, Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány said on Thursday.

The government will discuss steps to take if the crisis is prolonged at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Gyurcsány said. The government will continue to maintain strict crisis control, first of all consulting with those in charge of the gas network on a daily basis.

Heating for households and communal buildings cannot be put a risk, but if the dispute between Russia and Ukraine continues for another three or four weeks, it could cause problems for industrial consumers, Gyurcsány said. “The stands in the row between Ukraine and Russian are quite rigid,” he added.

The prime minister said he hoped it would not be necessary to orders restrictions on category II consumers (those who consume 500-2,500 cubic meters of gas per hour) again, but such a decision could be made again if called for.

Gas transmission company FGSz ordered the restrictions on category II consumers on Wednesday morning, but lifted them on Thursday morning.

Hungary, as both a buyer of gas and a transit country for gas, wants to participate in an EU monitoring group for Russian and Ukrainian gas deliveries, Gyurcsány said. (MTI – Econews)