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Gas reserves at 29 percent of annual consumption

Hungary's gas reserves now amount to 29 percent of annual consumption -- well above the European Union average of 18 percent -- at a time when their importance is growing amid fragile European gas supplies, a government official said on Thursday.

In a video on Facebook, parliamentary state secretary of the prime minister’s cabinet office, Csaba Domotor, noted that quotes of higher gas reserves in other countries could be deceptive. In Czechia, for example, gas storage facilities are quoted as being 80 percent full, but there total capacity is 45 percent less than Hungary’s.

The combined capacity of Hungary’s five large gas storage facilities is among Europe’s largest, he added.

The government has signed long-term gas delivery agreements to ensure continuous supplies, has connected Hungary to the TurkStream pipeline, and built several interconnectors to lay the groundwork for diversification, he said. Meanwhile, Hungary is also increasing its solar capacity, he said.

“We need solutions that strengthen our independence, consider Hungary’s specific circumstances, and do not risk the security of energy supplies. Let’s hope the same approach will prevail in the European Union, too,” he said.

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