Oil is arriving in Hungary steadily after MOL took over and paid the transit fee to Ukraine instead of Russia. Both the government and MOL have said that despite the few days of disruption, domestic supplies were not in danger, as Hungary has enough reserves for several weeks. The shortage of fuel mainly affects the eastern part of the country.
Get ready for more serious fuel shortages
“It is possible that after 15 August, there will be even greater fuel shortages at more petrol stations.” This is what the managing director of holtankoljak.hu, Eszter Bujdos says. According to her, there could be a disruption at any petrol station anywhere in the country. She says: “In the eastern region of Hungary, it is as if fuel is harder to come by. So in Békés County, around Debrecen and in the Hajdúság, we have received feedback that there are more depleted stations.”
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However, despite the shortage, it is not a good idea to store petrol in cans in advance, writes atv.hu, as it is a fire hazard and can damage the car. “We do not recommend anyone to store any fuel in a cellar, garage or any kind of container, as they do not have a shelf life of more than 3 months,” says Eszter Bujdos.
For how long will Hungary be getting oil?
The President of the Independent Petrol Stations Association does not feel reassured by the situation. He said, “This is good news (that oil is coming to Hungary again – ed.), it is just a question of whether this good news will be true tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. So we have the oil supply coming through a war zone to the region and there is a huge uncertainty about the two sides fighting each other”. Gábor Egri says Hungary should work very hard to have an alternative oil supply.
“At the moment we cannot guarantee the quality of fuel supply at petrol stations that consumers were used to before,” Ottó Grád, secretary general of the Hungarian Mineral Oil Association, told ATV.
In recent months, we have had to live with the fact that there are shortages of certain types of product at the wells or that fuel is not available at all at the given petrol station, writes portfolio.hu. “It will be a major achievement in the coming period if we can maintain supply at this level,” said the expert, who added that it will be commonplace for customers to occasionally not have access to fuel at the wells.
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Source: atv.hu, portfolio.hu
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