Lőrinc Mészáros’s company certified to work on Paks nuclear power plant

August 28, 2016

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It seems a company owned by Felcsút mayor Lőrinc Mészáros will be one of the companies building two new reactors at the Paks Atomic Energy Plant.

A company founded by Mészáros in 2015, Fejér-B.Á.L. Építő és Szolgáltató Zrt., has been certified by Hungary’s state-owned electric company, MVM Paks NPP Ltd., to work on Hungary’s only atomic power plant, writes Hungarian daily newspaper Népszabadság. Their license is valid until March 31, 2017.

The director of communications at the power plant, Antal Kovács, told the paper that currently there are 231 companies with the necessary qualifications. The licenses are regulated by strict rules and they are only valid for the existing power blocks.

“MVM Paks NPP Ltd. has not yet had any business dealings with Fejér B.Á.L. Zrt.,” he added.

Mészáros Family Ltd.

Success for the the Felcsút mayor is nothing new. The relatively young company is no stranger to winning public procurement tenders, alone or together with other companies.

Just this April, a consortium comprised of Fejér-B.Á.L. Zrt. and another Fidesz-linked building company, West Hungária Bau Kft,. was awarded a HUF 2.95 billion (USD 10.7 million) tender to build a school in the town of Izsák, Hungary.

Some of the consortium’s earlier projects also include the main building of the new National Public Service University, the newly-renovated Castle Bazaar and even MTK’s new soccer stadium.

Fejér-B.Á.L. Zrt. was also responsible for building the boiler house at the Felcsút stadium, worth HUF 3.1 billion (USD 11.1 million).

As for Lőrinc Mészáros, the businessman/politician recently sued Hungarian opposition party Together (Együtt) for calling him a strawman of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.  The opposition party points out that companies owned by Mészáros and his family consistently win lucrative public procurements, enabling him to rise from being a lowly pipe-fitter to appearing on the Forbes list of 33 richest Hungarians in under seven years.

Pleasure yacht

In a separate article, Hungarian print weekly Magyar Narancs published images of Mészáros and his wife spending their vacation on a luxury yacht near the Croatian city of Zadar.

The name of the yacht is Artemy, it can accommodate up to 12 people and has a six-member crew. It has several bathrooms, two dining rooms, a gym, Jacuzzi and a bar. According to the paper, it was sold for HUF 1.4 billion (USD 5 million) in 2015.

Documents show that the yacht is owned by a Maltese company, L&L Charter Ltd. founded last December by another Maltese company, PKF Fiduciaries International Ltd. whose owners are civilians George and Marianne Mangion.

PKF Ltd. has an auditing company in Hungary under the name of PKF Könyvvizsgáló Kft..  The print weekly claims they ran into trouble when a casino it audited went bankrupt.

Although one may think that Mészáros rented the yacht during his holiday – a company of the mayor of Orbán’s home town has a villa on the Croatian island of Ugljan – the paper writes that the boat is registered as a “pleasure yacht”, meaning only the owners and their guests may use it.