27/01/2020 23:02

Closing Down Mátra Power Plant Costs Us Billions

Closing Down Mátra Power Plant Costs Us Billions
It will cost at least two billion forints for taxpayers to close down the mines of Mátra Power Plant, said MSZP President Bertalan Tóth on the basis of documents obtained from the Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County Government Office.
The competent authority has confirmed to the party president that a security deposit of two billion forints is registered for repairs after the extraction of Mátra Power Plant’s strip-mining activities in Visonta and Bükkábrány. In addition, since this is an upper limit, and one of their mines alone required such assurance in 2011, the real lower figure for two mines could be as high as four billion.
At the end of last year, the party president inquired in Parliament about the closing costs of the now state-owned coal-fired power plant from the circles of Lőrinc Mészáros, considered a front man of prime minister. The concerned state secretary of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology (MIT) Tamás Schanda informed him that the security deposit should cover the compensation of mining damages, and landscaping, including the costs of waste management. That is, we buy a loss-making power plant from Orbán's favourite oligarch for a lot of money so that we have to bear the costs of closing down the mine and release some of the workers there, Bertalan Tóth commented. 
In addition to the purchase price (not yet determined), the taxpayers have already lost two billion forints on this deal, and the fate of the people to be made redundant and the help to be given to them have not yet been discussed, the party president said.
Others estimate much higher costs for the Mátra Power Plant's prospective mine closure, up to hundreds of billions to be paid by taxpayers.
These past days, Bertalan Tóth, his fellow party member Lajos Korózs, and Ágnes Vadai of the Democratic Coalition have been trying to find out more in Parliament about the mysterious state acquisition of the Mátra Power Plant and the water pollution of the unit. However, they bounced off of the minister without portfolio responsible for the management of national wealth and the officials of ITM and the Ministry of the Interior. The unit was fined by the Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County Disaster Management Directorate for water pollution in late July, as found out by