Egypt aims to connect 1.2 million housing units to natural gas in the upcoming fiscal year (FY) 2021/22, the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Tarek El Molla, stated according to a press release.

The state’s current plan for FY 2020/21 aims to connect one million households with natural gas. The ministry has exceeded that goal by 102%; reaching over one million households from July 2020 until the end of April 2021. Additionally, it includes connecting natural gas to about 80 new areas, so far 79 areas have been connected to the natural gas grid. Such areas are spread out across governorates in Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Al-Sharqiyah, Al-Gharbia, Dakahlia, Menoufia, Al-Buhaira, Al-Qalyoubia, Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, Sohag, and Qena.

As for the state’s Hayat Kareema initiative, the state has already connected 59 villages to natural gas and plans to include 14 villages in the upcoming fiscal year. The state has also installed about 266,000 prepaid meters. The ministry also began the survey works necessary to implement the ground networks of 217 other villages. 

It is worth noting that so far the ministry has connected 11.2 million households to natural gas since the project began and until the end of FY 2019/20.