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Egypt plans to double the price of natural gas piped into some homes and businesses from next month, but the move will trim its huge fuel subsidy bill only slightly because few premises are connected to the gas network.According to a government decree issued late Sunday, residential and commercial users of less than 25 cubic meters of gas per month will pay 0.40 Egyptian pounds ($0.06) per cubic meter from May.The Oil Ministry's website shows the current price of gas for households at 0.20 Egyptian pounds ($0.03) per cubic meter, or about $0.80 per million British thermal units (mmbtu).State newspaper Al-Ahram reported that the current price is 0.10 Egyptian pounds per cubic meter for consumers that use less than 30 cubic meters a month.
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