German company, Siemens, started trial tests on three production units at Burullus power plant with a production capacity of 1200MW, reported Al Borsa.

Sources at the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy stated that the first production unit started trials on the mid January, with a production capacity of 400MW. The company will proceed with trials on the other two units that have 800MW production capacity. The tests will be proceeded after securing the required power from Abu Qir plant with capacity 500MW.

It is noted that Siemens has completed power projects in Egypt at a total electricity generation capacity of 14,400MW.

The sources added that the trial tests on Burullus will be finalized within by the end of January. Additionally, the Ministry will start commercially running Burullus, Beni Suef and the New Administrative Capital’s power plants in March 2017. The deadline comes as the Ministry cannot start the plants commercially yet although they have been linked to the national grid because the steaming units are not completed.

This came as the Ministry has linked gas supplies to all three power plants. Accordingly, the Beni Suef facility gets 12mcm/d of gas for its six production units, in order to produce 2400MW. While the New Administrative Capital plant receives 4mcm/d to produce 800MW, and Burullus gets 6mcm/d for its three unit that produce 1200MW.