CAIRO, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's Petroleum Minister Tarek al-Molla said on Thursday the production at the offshore Zohr Field will hit 1.75 billion cubic meters of gas daily by August.
In a press statement the minister added the production will be gradually increased further by the end of the year.
"The third unit of the gases treatment station in Zohr Field was operated ten days ahead of schedule," he added stressing the importance of overcoming any difficulties facing the implementation of the project.
On May 30, al-Molla said that the field is expected to produce 2 billion cubic feet of gas per day (bcf/d) by the end of 2018 which was the double of the previously expected production.
The Zohr Field, the largest natural gas discovery ever made in the Mediterranean, is located off Egypt's northern coast within the Shorouk block, some 190 km north of the Suez Canal city of Port Said.
Field production is expected to rise to 2.7 bcf/d by the end of 2019, transforming Egypt into a regional power hub.