The Egyptian government has prolonged the butane’s strategic reserves to 32 days instead of only 15 days, as reserves increased after building two strategic reserves in Alexandria and Sohag provinces during the past three years, an anonymous source told Al-Watan News.

The same source indicated that the imported butane has increased and this required expanding the number of ports and using bigger containers to meet the increasing demands of the domestic market.

Earlier statements by the Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources suggested that the ministry aims to maximize the natural gas utilization at homes and commercial spaces and rationalize consumption of butane to minimize importation.

The ministry pointed out that the imported butane quantity has declined to 155, while the output increased to 8.5%.