Egypt has been working on linking households to natural gas grid in 2018 at an unprecedented rate, boosting the total households linked to the grid to 9.3 million residential units, Egypt Oil & Gas reports.

The figures were revealed by Minister of Petroleum Tarek El Molla during his visit to Aswan to follow up on several projects.

Working with local authorities to ease any barriers and facilitating monthly repayments to EGP 30 over six years contributed to pushing the project forward, El Molla said.

Linking households to the national gas grid in Aswan started in 2009, said Wael Gowayed, Head of Egypt Gas, adding that total of 32,500 households, 32 commercial units and three factories in Aswan have been linked to the grid over the past nine years.

The minister visited Misr Petroleum warehouse, where he pointed out the ministry’s interest in developing the petroleum products’ storage, transportation and trading infrastructure in Upper Egypt to cope with growing consumption.

El Molla also visited the new Aswan Integrated Service Station, which aims to cover citizens’ demands of petroleum products and natural gas, and Ganoub El Wadi Petroleum Company (Ganope).