ISLAMABAD -  The Ministry Of Water And Power on Monday said that the first Re-gasified Liquefied Natural Gas (RLNG) fired power plant at Bhikki is ready to undergo its first test and will start generating 750MW electricity from March 2017.

With the inaugural generation of Bhikki power plant, the government will be able to add 750MW in the national grid from March 2017. While the plant will operate on its full capacity of 1200MW in December 2017 on combined cycle, said the spokesman of the Ministry of Water and Power.

It is also brought into notice that Bhikki is one of the three LNG based power projects initiated in 2015. In March 2015, the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms has cleared the country’s first two RLNG fired power plants, having combined generation capacity of 2,400MW, at an estimated cost of Rs169.6 billion. Both combined cycle power plants are located in Punjab. One power plant is located at Balloki, District Kasur and the second one is located at Haveli Bahadur Shah, District Jhang. Beside a third RLNG based power plant is being installed by the Punjab government.

The spokesman also dispelled the apprehensions that there are no concrete plans for transmission of the new generation and claimed that the government has formulated a well concerted strategy to overcome the energy crisis. In this connection, Bhikki Power Plant has already been connected to the national grid, along with other upcoming plants such as Chashma 3, Chashma 4, Sahiwal, Tarbela IV and other Wind and Solar plants, while, work is also in progress on Port Qasim, Balloki and Haveli Bahadur Shah Plants and transmission lines.