The Egyptian Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Tarek El Molla, highlighted the necessity of continuous coordination between companies in operating Zohr gas field, as well as the importance of reviewing progress regularly and following up on field during the upcoming phases in order to come up with instant solution for any obstacle coming on the way of the project’s completion, Egypt Oil & Gas reports.

The minister’s comments came during the 10th periodic meeting of the Higher Committee to follow up on the progress of work at Zohr. The meeting was chaired by El Molla and attended by First Undersecretaries of Oil and Gas Affairs and of Agreements and Discoveries, as well as Head and Deputy Head of the Egyptian Gas Holding Company (EGAS), Head of Petrobel, Head of Petrojet, Operational Manager at Eni, and BP’s Regional Head of North Africa.

El Molla urged operating companies to keep working on the same pace and exert extra effort, pointing out that the challenges are huge, yet the ministry trusts the operating companies to finalize the upcoming phases in time.

During the meeting, Petrobel’s Head, Atef Hassan, pointed out what has been achieved of the project to add the rest of the offshore development wells gradually. Hassan also reviewed drilling plans as well as extending pipeline to transport gas from wells to onshore processing facility.

Meanwhile, Petrojet’s Head, Waleed Lotfy, stated the timeframe for completing the onshore production facility required for the coming phases, including equipment and civil, mechanical, and electric constructions, in order to prepare these facilities to contain all the natural gas produced from Zohr.