January 10, 2009 / 11:03 AM / 10 years ago

Hungary to supply Bosnia, Croatia with gas on Sat

BUDAPEST, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Hungary will supply Bosnia and southern neighbour Croatia with natural gas on Saturday and will also continue shipments it started earlier this week to Serbia, news agency MTI reported citing Energy Minister Csaba Molnar.

Molnar said Hungarian oil and gas firm MOL MOLB.BU and Germany’s E.ON Ruhrgas (EONGn.DE) would export 4-4.5 million cubic metres of natural gas via Hungary to Serbia and 1-1.5 million cubic metres to Bosnia on Saturday.

Serbian imports of natural gas stopped earlier this week when shipments of Russian gas via a pipeline that runs through Ukraine and Hungary were cut off. Molnar said Croatia, which on Wednesday declared a crisis after deliveries of Russian gas were halted, would also receive about 1 million cubic metres of gas via Austria on Saturday in a joint shipment by Hungary and Germany.

Molnar said Hungary’s domestic gas consumption was estimated on Saturday at about 62-64 million cubic metres, which the country expected to cover from domestic resources.

Earlier on Saturday MOL’s gas transportation unit said Hungary would cover its gas needs using 53 million cubic metres of reserves, 9 million cubic metres of domestic output and 4 million cubic metres of imports from western Europe.

Reporting by Gergely Szakacs, Editing by Peter Blackburn

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