Saturday, 23 February 2008

Gas Natural equip an average home to receive piped gas normally costs between 300 and 400 euros

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Gas Natural, the company responsible for taking piped gas to our homes, continues its scheme to expand throughout the province of Malaga. Last year another 6,000 new customers were connected to the gas mains after the municipality of Alhaurín el Grande joined the network. Now the firm is focusing on the western Costa del Sol, explained Andrés Membrillo, director general of Gas Natural in Andalucía. In 2008 it is expected that mains gas will reach Marbella and Estepona, as well as the municipality of Cártama in the Guadalhorce Valley. Nevertheless the company has not abandoned its progress along the eastern Costa del Sol, its next objective being Torrox.Membrillo stressed the importance of the future construction of a new pipeline along the east coast of the province of Malaga and continuing as far as Almeria to eventually join up with the Medgas, a new connection which will take gas up to Spain’s Levante area. So far two of the three sections into which this pipeline has been divided have been approved: from Cártama to Nerja and from Adra to Almeria.Nevertheless this pipeline could take another six or seven years to construct. Meanwhile Gas Natural plans to supply Torrox and Nerja by means of liquid gas tanks, a system they are currently using in Vélez-Málaga.West coastIn the case of Marbella, the regional director of Gas Natural announced that the service is about to be made available in San Pedro Alcántara and an agreement with the Town Hall is due to be signed shortly to enable piped gas to be distributed to homes in Marbella itself, the only town with more than 100,000 inhabitants that is still not connected. It is also expected that piped gas will be available to homes in Estepona some time in 2008, as well as Cártama. With these new additions Gas Natural will have fulfilled its objective, set initially for 2006, to supply the majority of towns with more than 20,000 inhabitants.The company’s targets for the 2007-2013 period are to reach 80 per cent of all municipalities with between 10,000 and 20,000 inhabitants, especially those on the Andalusian coastline.
Last year Gas Natural spent 13.7 million euros in the province of Malaga and extended its distribution pipes to a total of more than 600 kilometres. So far in the province some 68,619 households have decided to use the piped gas service.
Andrés Membrillo pointed out that a similar sum would be spent in 2008 with the aim of attracting another 6,000 customers. He also explained that thanks to an agreement with the Junta de Andalucía and local authorities in the province, all new subsidised housing will be built with pipes for mains gas already installed.
The director added that to equip an average home to receive piped gas normally costs between 300 and 400 euros although credit facilities are available.

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