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Hungary: Uncertain to receive Russian gas through Ukraine from 2020

Hungary: Uncertain to receive Russian gas through Ukraine from 2020


Budapest, June 5 - Neftegaz.RU.
Hungary will need new solutions and transport routes to handle uncertainties in energy supplies expected from next year, said Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, but added that Hungary was prepared for the challenge, Hungary today reported.

Szijjártó told a regional energy security forum that gas supplies were crucial for central Europe, yet in recent years “there have been few developments that gave us reason to be glad”. “Next year will be a watershed in this regard,” he added.

Uncertainties may arise from next year that will influence the whole region, he said. It is uncertain if central Europe can receive Russian gas through Ukraine from 2020, he added.

“Hungary is prepared for the challenge,” he said citing an agreement signed with Russia which will secure gas supplies in 2020. However, in the years to follow, Hungary’s capability to import gas “from new sources and through new routes depends exclusively on its allies”, Szijjártó added.

“It depends on our Croatian friends if they build their LNG port and it depends on decisions by an American and an Austrian company if gas found in Romania is extracted,” he said.

“If neither happens … Hungary will have no other choice but to focus on developing a southern transport route through which Russian gas could arrive through Turkey, Bulgaria and Serbia,” he added.

Hungary has made the necessary technical steps to receive 6 billion cu m of gas from the south through Serbia starting in 2021 and 10 billion cu m from 2022, Szijjártó said.