According to data released this week by the Ministry of Economy, Industry, Tourism and Employment, the province of Alicante received a total of 70 million euro to improve the electricity and gas networks in the province during 2013.

According to spokesperson Antonio Cejalvo, in collaboration with the gas and electric utility companies, “we are driving investments needed to provide the province of Alicante with a network able to meet the demand of the province with total guarantees”.

According to a statement from the regional government, Cejalvo explained that “we aim at improving the quality and reliability of the service, strengthening the capacity of electricity grids and gas in the province”.

The supply of gas to homes is forefront in the plans for power distribution. In 2013, places such as Benidorm, Algorfa, Guardamar del Segura, Rojales, Pilar de la Horadada, Los Montesinos, san miguel de Salinas, Torrevieja and the Orihuela Costa have all seen work carried out.

This pipeline will allow access to natural gas for 180,000 residents, 90% of the Marina Alta area, and an important number of establishments in the tertiary sector, with a potential energy demand of 480,000 megawatt hours per year.

In total, the province received a total of 30.2 million euro to extend the pipeline networks and facilitate access to natural gas in towns in the province.

In addition to the gas work, the province also received 39.65 million euro to strengthen and improve the electricity network, “The goal is to act both in the vicinity of the metropolitan areas of major cities, to accommodate new consumers, as in rural areas, and expanding and improving existing power networks”, according to Cejalvo.

There has already been a significant improvement seen in recent years in the continuity of supply. In 2010 the recorded interruption time stood at 1.32 hours, whereas in 2013 the time had reduced by 7.6%, with just 1.22 hours of recorded interruption on average.

Improvements to electricity substations have been carried out at Novelda, Crevillente and Torrellano, as well as the expansion of the network at Rojales amongst others.

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