Photo: Ollanta Humala
President Ollanta Humala said at the inauguration ceremony for a gas pipeline in southern Peru that the government is starting to deliver on its promise to make the fuel available to all at affordable prices.
Peruvian company Contugas built the pipeline at a cost of $345 million.
In its first year of commercial operations, the natural gas distribution system should benefit 31,000 households in the southwestern region of Ica.
“This is the start of ... cheap gas. The gas that enters homes will cost 14 soles ($5) a month. It’s the start of our cheap gas proposal,” Humala said Friday, recalling one of his campaign promises in 2011.
He said work is being done to bring natural gas from the Camisea reserves in the southeastern region of Cuzco to 15 cities via pipelines or tank trucks.
The president said that by the time of the independence bicentennial in 2021 the country will be “better connected, integrated with a cheap, clean energy matrix.”
Ica’s regional president, Alonso Navarro, said for his part that the pipeline will mark the start of a “new revolution” in term of job opportunities and economic improvement.