Until now, the Orbán family have stayed away from public procurements. Last December, Gamma Analcont Kft., a company in which the Prime Minister’s brother is a shareholder, won a public procurement of huge value.
While we recently reported on the Prime Minister accusing Brussels of “messing up” the procurement of coronavirus vaccines, Viktor Orbán’s name appears again in relation to another procurement procedure, though this time not broadly within the European Union but more precisely in Hungary.
Győző Orbán Jr., one of Viktor Orbán’s brothers, currently owns 26% of the company’s shares and has done so since 2015. Their main activities include the production of different industrial instruments and equipment, their calibration and maintenance; furthermore, their portfolio includes counselling services. On their website, their partners are listed, and we can find huge companies, such as Coca Cola or General Electric, or many other businesses that are either partly or completely owned by the Hungarian government, for instance, MOL or MVM Főgáz Földgázhálózat Kft. (gas company). Some of the co-operations, for instance, those signed between Gamma Analcont and these two aforementioned companies, were established before the Prime Minister’s brother became part of the business.
Gamma Analcont won the current contract from an affiliate of E.ON,
which is for now in German hands, however, the agreement about transferring a part of the company to the Hungarian government has already been made. To be more precise, the government will buy one-quarter of E.ON Hungária, possessing all Hungarian businesses of E.ON.
Gamma Analcont applied to the project together with another company, hence the big volume. They will work on the monitoring of 270 gas pressure regulating and metering stations. Further tasks will be divided by the two parties; Gamma Analcont is in charge of deployment, putting the system into operation, and documenting it, while the other company will provide the software and hardware necessary for the whole of the works.
Together, they will receive 255.9 million forints (710 thousand euros) for this work, which will be complemented with a further 11.8 million forints (32 thousand euros) for maintenance in the future.
These pressure regulators decrease the high pressure of the gas network before it arrives in the cities and in our homes, while the monitoring equipment checks all figures and signals to technicians in the case they deviate from the normal interval. The proper functioning of these appliances is extremely crucial for the safe operation of the system, said an expert to 444.hu.
Gamma Analcont is not the only company that got a contract for the whole of the work, as E.ON signed three separate agreements distributing all the tasks. The best offer received 50% of the total work, while the second and third best were given 30% and 20% respectively. The consortium led by Győző Orbán’s company, however, did not win the majority of the project,
they gave the second-best offer, so they will get a contract for a little less than the third of the works. Nevertheless, the company will still receive a total of 50 million forints (138 thousand euros) more than the one applying with the best offer.
Answering 444.hu’s question, E.ON said that offers were not analysed compared to each other, but they tried to look for the best combination created by all applicants.