Egypt has connected a total of 9.5 million households to the national gas grid since 1981, Egypt Oil & Gas reports.

Egyptian Minister of Petroleum, Tarek El Molla, chaired a meeting to follow up on the updates of the national project aiming to link households, industrial units, and commercial units to the gas grid.

Egypt linked 29,000 households per week to the national grid during January 2019 by facilitating payment methods, which raised the number of contracted beneficiaries to 500,000 since its application in July 2018. The target is to reach 600,000 households by the end of February 2019.

Egypt facilitated payment methods as citizens can install the amount over 6 years, paying EGP 30 per month.

El Molla pointed out the importance of this project in light of the country’s urbanization efforts made through mega national projects like the New Administrative Capital and the New Alamein City.