BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary will soon sign a 15-year deal to import almost half the natural gas it needs each year from Romania, considerably reducing its reliance on Russia, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday.
Orban told a news conference that three Hungarian companies had won a tender in Romania for the gas. He did not name the companies.
The government declined to comment to Reuters.
“Within moments we will sign an agreement, which will allow for the next 15 years the imports of over 4 billion cubic meters of gas from Romania,” Orban said.
“The era of Russian gas monopoly will come to an end in Hungary … as we will be able to cover more than half of our imports from other, in this case Romanian, sources.”
At an economic forum later in the day, Orban reiterated that the Romanian gas imports could …