A press release to Egypt Oil&Gas stated that Egypt started pumping natural gas to Beni Mazar city in Minya and Kafr Soliman City in Dammietta for the first time in line with the government’s plans to increase the amounts of pumped gas for cities, villages, and slums with high population in Upper and Lower Egypt and the cities of the Canal.

This was stated in the report submitted by the Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS)’ Vice Chairman for Planning and Projects, Mostafa Helal, to Minister of Petroleum, Tarek El Molla. The report included the updates on the program of delivering natural gas to a number of cities and regions across the Egyptian governorates for the first time as a part of the ministry’s plans to replace butane consumption in these areas in order to decrease the mounts used in butane subsidies.

The report pointed out that Farscor area in Damietta will receive gas through Kafr Soliman after the execution of pipeline portage which is pending license.

Egypt plans to deliver gas to around 10,000 consumers in Kafr Soliman and Darscor within fiscal year 2016/2017 in addition to delivering gas to around 6000 consumer as a second phase in 2017/2018.

The report further indicated that Beni Mazar witnessed delivering gas to the first consumer earlier in March through a 14 km pipeline that extends from Matai City. Beni Mazar is the 4th City in Minya to receive natural gas after Minya, Abu Qeras, and Mattai. The government will pump gas to around 10,000 consumers out of 26,000 citizens in Beni Mazar during 2016/2017.

Egypt had totally supplied natural gas for 7.9m households across 26 governorates.