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Government Official: Hungary Has Enough Gas Reserves To Live Through Cold Winter Weather

Tamás Székely 2017.01.11.

Taken together, Hungary’s sufficient gas reserves, domestic production and imports will meet the country’s energy needs in the freezing cold weather, András Aradszki, state secretary at the National Development Ministry, told a press conference.

has doubled in the past few days

Hungary’s energy consumption typical for this time of the year has doubled in the past few days (photo: Attila Balázs – MTI)

Aradszki said that uncommonly low temperatures in the past few days have doubled the natural gas consumption typical for this time of the year, bringing it to a daily 87 million cubic metres, including for both retail and industrial customers. Hungary’s strategic gas reserves as well as provisions for extra imports, however, will guarantee the supplies needed even if freezing temperatures persist, he insisted.

Hungary has been hit by extremely cold weather recently. Last weekend the temperature fell even to an all-time record low (-28.1 C) in the village of Tésa in Nógrád county. Although the cold weather makes Hungarians’ everyday life a bit more difficult, it also creates impressive winter landscapes across the country. According to the latest weather forecast, the freeze will ease in the coming days, however, the temperature is expected to remain under 0 C for most of the day.

via and MTI; cover photo: Noémi Bruzák – MTI