CAIRO: The amount of available gas cylinders in the market will increase to 1.1 million cylinders daily to meet rising demands in the winter, head of the distribution department at the Ministry of Supply Hamdy Allam told Youm7 Wednesday.
The measure is precautionary, to avoid any shortages at millions of homes that use gas cylinders, Allam said, adding that there would be “tight supervision” on storehouses to prevent any smuggling of the cylinders to the black market.
Minister of Supply Khaled Hanafy previously told Youm7 that he is coordinating with the Ministry of Petroleum to add gas cylinders to the ration smart cards of bread; a system that has been applied since 2014.
The majority of Egyptian households use LPG cylinders rather than natural gas, and Egypt imports and subsidizes the majority of its needs of liquefied petroleum gas. However, the government plans to supply 1.5 million homes in poor areas with natural gas through an approved World Bank soft loan of $500 million in the next few years.