MINSK, 15 March (BelTA) – Over 80% of households in Belarus now use natural gas, BelTA learned from Sergei Kudryavets, Head of the Capital Construction Office of the Belarusian national fuel and natural gas distribution industrial group Beltopgaz.
Sergei Kudryavets said: “Gas infrastructure development is always in progress in the country. Our country is a leader in the post-Soviet space in this regard. Generations of gas industry workers have contributed to it. In Belarus all the 118 district capitals, 115 cities, 85 towns, industrial communities, and resort towns are now connected to gas mains. Over 83% of the housing stock or slightly more than 3 million households now have access to natural gas. Over 66,500km of gas pipelines has been built over the course of 60 years to achieve that. If we compare it to the length of the equator, it will turn out that our gas mains are 1.5 times longer.”
Close attention is also paid to gas infrastructure development in rural areas where natural gas availability is close to 50%. As far as agrotowns are concerned, natural gas availability over there is close to 70%.
“Gas infrastructure rollout is a smoothly operating mechanism. We know how to build gas mains to populated localities and how to deliver natural gas to consumers. Supply gas mains are built within the framework of the government program Comfortable Housing and Favorable Environment. In 2023 we intend to build over 200km of supply gas mains, which will enable access to natural gas in over 50 populated localities,” the Beltopgaz representative noted.