The total number of households attached to the Egypt’s natural gas grid has risen to over eight million in 2017, since the government started adding households to the grid,  Amwal Al Ghad reports.

The Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS) aims to increase this number to nine million households in 2018, the Chairman of EGAS, Osama El Bakly, told Amwal Al Ghad.

Linking residential and commercial units to the national gas grid will decrease butane usage and save the country money, El Bakly noted, adding that Egypt’s projected self-sufficiency in natural gas by the end of 2019 will assist the government in achieving this goal.

The Egyptian government connected 600,000 households to the national gas grid in Egypt during fiscal year (FY) 2016/2017, Amwal Al Ghad previously reported. In FY 2015/2016, it connected 700,000 households.