Minister of Petroleum Tarek El Molla and the president of Egyptian Natural Gas Holding (EGAS) are considering linking 684,000 households across 18 governorates to the national gas grid, Egypt Oil & Gas reports.

The plan targets clients who have not yet signed contracts with gas distribution companies to connect their households to the grid.

The 684,000 clients will pay for the connection in instalments which will be added to their monthly gas bills over the next six years.

The gas distribution companies will create underground and subsidiary networks to connect these clients to the grid.

The meeting was attended by the president and vice president of EGAS, along with heads of the participating gas distribution companies.

These plans are part of the national project to connect citizens from all over Egypt to the gas grid.