By Constantin Radut
As the whole of Europe prepares for the big holiday, after years of restrictions imposed by Covid-19, Hungary enters the energy winter earlier than its citizens expected.
MOL, the state company, is preparing a new restriction, according to the censored press from all over the country. Starting Friday, MOL gas stations will restrict refueling to private cars with just 50 liters of fuel per day.
The decision of the Hungarian energy company is justified by the recent revelation that Hungary is facing a fuel shortage in July and August.
According to these regulations, a vehicle with Hungarian license plates can be filled with up to 50 liters of fuel per day at a capped price at gas stations with low-pressure pumps. Vehicles with Hungarian license plates and weight between 3.5 and 7, 5 tons, as well as agricultural machinery can still be fed to high-pressure pumps at a capped price, without quantity restrictions. In addition, it has been established that, as of Friday, petrol or diesel can only be filled in suitable canisters at market prices.
Interestingly, if someone fills both a can and a car, they are charged the market price in both cases, not the capped one.
The propaganda of the Viktor Orban regime, which boasts of the decision to cap the price of gasoline at about 1.3 euros per liter, has no value in these conditions.
What to do with 50 liters? To run a distance of 500 km. It is true that Hungary is a small country, but still, the measure of the Budapest government seems rather a mockery of the Hungarian citizens.
Regarding the situation of domestic energy supply, Zsolt Hernádi, CEO of MOL, said that ninety percent of the raw material needs of the only Hungarian refinery are covered with crude oil from Russia. The MOL refinery is able to process up to 35% of the total volume of non-Russian crude oil, but this is not enough to completely replace the Russian Ural crude oil.
Zsolt Hernádi stressed that sanctions against Russian oil would lead to disruptions not only in the supply of crude oil, but also in the oil derivatives market. The MOL refinery in Százhalombatta is operational and operating at full capacity using Russian crude oil, with a strategic reserve of 45 days of diesel and about the same amount of crude oil in the event of a production loss, he added.
By Constantin Radut