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Change: Christian Hürlimann Becomes Renewables CEO at MET Group

Zug/Switzerland – With in Christian Hürlimann, MET Group has a new Renewables Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective May 1, 2021. Hürlimann will be responsible for the expansion, integration and management of MET's renewable energy portfolio.

Hürlimann joins MET from EKZ Renewables, the renewable energy subsidiary of Elektrizitätswerke des Kantons Zürich (EKZ), which he played a key role in establishing. He served as managing director for EKZ Renewables for several years and was responsible for the development, acquisition and operation of wind farms and solar power plants in several European countries.

MET considers the growth of renewable power generation as a key part of its business strategy going forward. "We aim to become a significant market player in renewables primarily in Central and Eastern Europe, increasing our renewable portfolio to 500+ megawatts by 2023", said MET Group CEO Benjamin Lakatos. Onboarding Christian Hürlimann will suppoert MET in strengthening ist renewables operations and drive its ambitious growth plans, he added.

MET Group is an energy company headquartered in Switzerland and active in the natural gas and electricity markets. MET is present in 14 countries through subsidiaries, in 25 national gas markets and 22 international trading hubs. In 2020, MET Group's consolidated sales amounted to EUR 11.2 billion, and the volume of natural gas traded was 71 billion cubic meters.

As part of its renewable energy expansion strategy, MET Group recently acquired a 42 MW wind farm from Enel in Bulgaria, and the joint venture established with NIS to build a 102 MW wind farm in Serbia is also progressing. The energy company has several greenfield solar power plants in operation and ready for construction in Hungary, which will have a total capacity of nearly 250 MW when completed and commissioned.

Source: IWR Online, 12 May 2021