Egypt has successfully connected 88 new areas in 14 governorates to natural gas grid during 2021, according to a statement.

This brings the total number of households that use natural gas to 12.32 million units across Egypt since the onset of the activity until the end of June 2021, thus, saving about 222 million butane cylinders a year and their cost.

The new areas include the 15 May extension area in Cairo, 9 areas in Giza, two areas in Alexandria, 11 areas in Sharqia, 7 areas in Gharbia, 8 areas in Dakahlia, 11 areas in Menoufia, 11 areas in Beheira, 8 areas in Qalyubia, 3 areas in Beni Suef, two areas in Minya, and one area in Assiut, 9 areas in Sohag, and 5 areas in Qena.

Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Tarek El Molla, stated that ground networks have been completed for about 3,600 bakeries and are expected to be run on natural gas soon.

El Molla stated that the success of the project comes largely as a result of providing payment installments system to customers, where the cost is paid over six years without a down payment or interest.

The petroleum sector delivered natural gas to 1.2 million households during the FY 2020/21, which concluded in June.