The first phase of development at the Zohr gas field is 91% complete, the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, Tarek El Molla, stated during a recent visit to the gas field, Egypt Oil & Gas reports.

The minister noted the acceleration of the work schedule to ensure that the onshore and offshore facilities are prepared to begin production by the end of 2017. He noted that final preparations were still necessarily as well as the signing of contracts with the operating company.

Work on the second phase will begin after the completion of the first phase.