EL CAMPELLO (Alicante) now has access to natural gas. A total of 65.1km of the pipeline network was installed at a cost of €17.3 million, bringing natural gas supply to an area with a population of almost 180,000 inhabitants and 100,000 homes.
It also supplies the towns of Alicante, San Joan d’Alacant, Muxtamel, Villajoyosa, Finestrat, Benidorm, Alfas del Pi, La Nucia, Polop and Altea.
“Thanks to the new gasification plan promoted by the Valencian Regional Government, about 400,000 people in the Alicante Province will have access to natural gas in the coming years,” said Antonio Cajalvo, director of the Valencian energy agency AVEN, at the gas lines opening ceremony in El Campello.
“We are encouraging municipalities in the region to switch to natural gas as it is the cleanest and most environmentally friendly fossil fuel,” he stressed. One of the Regional Government’s priorities is to extend the natural gas supply to all areas in the region.
The plan is to develop nine new pipelines, five of which will be in the Alicante Province; Alicante-Altea-Guardamar, Pilar de la Horadada, Onil-Sax-Bihar, Vinalopo Mitja, Marina Alta and Altea-La Villjoyosa. Natural gas generates 41 per cent less CO2 than coal, 28 per cent less than fuel oil, 27 per cent less than gasoline and 13 per cent less than propane, according to the Regional Government.