Egyptian President Mohamed Hosni Mubarak inaugurated the Gas Complex during his multifarious tour within Aswan governorate today, Thursday.

Moreover, Mubarak also initiated a number of services and development projects, which aims to promote the public services and improve the living conditions of citizens and increase employment opportunities for the young generations and graduates.

Mubarak stared his tour by the opening of the Gas Complex pipelines in Upper Egypt on the  West bank of the River Nile in Aswan. The Upper Egypt Gas Pipeline connects homes and businesses in Aswan to the natural gas system for the first time.

The 1,200 km pipeline was constructed in five stages by Egyptian company Petrojet on behalf of the Nile Valley Gas Company (NVGC). Under the first phase of the project, NVGC took over a pipeline built by the government from Cairo to a power station located near Beni Suef. Stage two involved the construction of 150 km of pipeline extending from Beni Suef to Abu Qurqas. Stage three saw 136 km of 32 inch diameter pipeline laid from the governorate of Minya to Assiut at a cost of $US75 million while Stage four involved the laying of 100 km of 30 inch diameter pipeline from Assiut to Sohag.

The final stage involved the laying of 408 km of 30 inch diameter pipeline from Sohag to Aswan and was commissioned in late November. Earlier, Egyptian Petroleum Minister Sameh Fahmy attended a ceremony in Aswan to celebrate the completion of the Upper Egypt Gas Pipeline project and commended the companies for completing and implementing the pipeline in “record time”.

The pipeline was worth approximately $US9.3 billion in investments and formed part of a broader development plan designed to accelerate reconstruction and economic development within the Upper Egyptian region by providing energy resources to entice industrial projects.

On the other hand, during his visit to Aswan, Mubarak was greeted upon his arrival to the location of the project by Dr. Ahmed Nazif, the Prime Minister, Fahmy the Minister of Petroleum and the Electricity Minister Hassan Younis.

The tour comes within the framework of President Mubarak’s keenness to watch the implementation of the development projects in the various provinces and follow up the execution of his presidential program.