Islamabad: PM Sharif approves LNG based power plant for Punjab

Islamabad (Pakistan), June 7 (ANI): Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has given his approval for setting up of a Liquefied Natural Gas power plant in Punjab province.
The proposed LNG-based project is expected to be launched on the 'Bhikki model' and the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority will be asked to give a reference tariff for bidding, Ahad Cheema, CEO of Quaid-e-Azam Thermal Company told the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCE), the Dawn reports.
The Prime Minister said the new plant should be situated near the main gas pipeline so that additional expenditures were minimal.
The 1,200 MW Bhikki power plant which was also inaugurated by Prime Minister Sharif, has been facing technical problems since its inauguration on April 19.
In the previous meeting of the CCE, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had requested the cabinet to revive shelved coal-based project in Punjab's Rahim Yar Khan after converting it into a LNG based plant.
Prime Minister Sharif directed the Ministry of Water and Power to evaluate the proposal for the revival of the project. (ANI)