The planned maintenance of Mol's Danube Refinery will start this weekend, and production should resume in September at the earliest. Some petrol stations may experience temporary outages. Therefore, the company asks motorists to fill up only as much as they need to ensure that everyone has enough fuel.
The current maintenance will guarantee that the refinery can continue to ensure an uninterrupted fuel supply to Hungary and the region, Mol Managing Director in charge of domestic operations, Péter Ratatics told the news site index.hu.
The shutdown was originally scheduled to take place in the spring months, but was postponed due to the high demand for fuel, also generated by the capped by price imposed in Hungary.
In the spring, demand at Mol's filling stations increased by almost 50% compared to a year earlier, and the refinery in Százhalombatta, south of Budapest, had to operate at full capacity to ensure a steady supply of fuel. However, there is no room for further delay: the shutdown and maintenance of the refinery is urgent for safe operation, the Mol manager stressed.
Mol's Bratislava refinery, however, has already undergone the planned overhaul and is now back to full capacity on July 20.
"Mol is doing its utmost to make up for the significant loss of product resulting from the shutdown. Part of the missing amount will be diverted from the Bratislava refinery, while another part will be made up using our remaining reserves. However, these quantities cannot fully cover the shortfall and the possibilities to replace them on the market are limited,” the manager stated.
He called for consumers to only purchase as much as fuel as they need to ensure that everyone has enough fuel.
Because of the capped wholesale prices introduced by the Hungarian government, it is left to Mol to supply gas stations in the country because for other major suppliers, such activity would generate a loss.
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