The Egyptian government plans to deliver natural gas to more than 86 new areas for the first time during the current fiscal year (FY) 2019/20.

The Minister of Petroleum and Mineral resources, Tarek El Molla, has received a report regarding the national project for delivering natural gas to households, which revealed that 23 new areas were provided with natural gas from July to the first week of November, according to a ministerial statement.

The report added that about 444,000 residential units had been converted to operate on natural gas, with a rate of implementation reaching 104% when compared with the target plan.

Since the initiative started and up until now, nearly 10.5 million residential units all over the country were converted to natural gas, the report pointed out.

Additionally, the government has started a pilot project with 20,000 prepaid natural gas meters in Alexandria’s Bashayer El Khair project and El Asmarat District in Cairo, to ensure the system’s efficiency. The pilot scheme is estimated to be finalized by the end of December 2019, the report stated.

Moreover, it is planned to start production by January 2020, with an estimated capacity rate of about 500,000 meters during the period January/June 2020, as it would be boosted to one million meters annually by July 2020.

On November 6, the Ministry of Military Production announced the establishment of a new firm, El Maasara Gas Metro, that will be specialized in producing gas meters. The new firm will start production by January 2020, with an estimated capacity rate of about 500,000 meters during the period January/June 2020, increasing to one million meters annually by July 2020.