The number of households connected to the national gas grid reached around 8.6 million in April 2018, Egyptian Minister of Petroleum Tarek El Molla stated, Egypt Oil & Gas reports.

El Molla said that around 2.7 million households have been connected over the past four years, around 30% of the total number.

The minister made his remarks at the Households Gas Connection Project Conference, held with the theme of ‘Towards Clean Energy Access for All Egyptians’.

The conference was held to announce details of the joint project funded by the European Union (EU), the Agence Francaise De Developpement (AFD) and the World Bank (WB). This initiative will contribute to the delivery of natural gas to residential units in high priority areas. It will be undertaken in cooperation with the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS).

El Molla also stated that the Ministry of Petroleum aims to expand the natural gas network to cover all Egyptian regions. The minister stressed that the expansion is a strategic project that will contribute to achieving social justice and improving the standard of life for citizens.