The Egyptian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources is targeting pumping natural gas to 600,000 households on an annual basis, which is part of the government’s strategy to increase the number of households and commercial properties that work with natural gas, reported Amwal Al Ghad.

Pumping natural gas to households will largely decrease the consumption of butane. However, butane warehouses will still be working across the country, said Minister of Petroleum, Tarek El Molla, on the sidelines of his visit to Ethydco’s complex.

Additionally, gas production will increase, which will help Egypt achieve self-sufficiency by 2019. The increase will support gas delivery to the households and decrease the subsidies allocated for butane imports, El Molla pointed out.