How a Chinese firm sustains operations amidst Corona Virus

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Shanghai Electric Group has resumed construction at majority of its International projects including the 700 MW CSP + 250MW PV Hybrid Project in


, the Pancevo Gas Turbine Combine Cycle Power Plant in 

Southeastern Europe

, and Sylhet 225MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine Power Plant Project in 



As the world's most comprehensive single-site CSP project, its core building solar collector tower that has just completed topping-out in

January 2020


 700 MW CSP + 250MW PV Hybrid project concentrated solar power plant has been speeding up its construction to meet the commercial operation deadline in 

August 2021


To overcome the challenges of the outbreak of the Coronavirus, Shanghai Electric has launched a video-conferencing and telecommunications solution to streamline communications between the local branch and the Design Institute.

Since January this year, Shanghai Electric has worked with local partners to establish a specialist virus prevention and control team to protect staff while working on-site. The local-hired personnel received fact sheets and advisory handbooks with on-site safety training in both English and Arabic.

Mr. Abunayyan, Chairman of ACWA Power, has commended the achievement of the government of 


 in controlling and managing effectively the widespread of Coronavirus. He also emphasized the achievement of Shanghai Electric in controlling the project site and working on mitigation actions for possible damages and to catch up with work schedule.


The project has also recruited an additional 903 local employees in construction and management positions in response to a reduction of on-site staff as a result of global travel restrictions.

"We are likely to go ahead of the timetable in extending local talent pool as an outcome of the epidemic outbreak. " said 

Zhao Hui


"People are the main force for resuming to normal work. There are 70 Chinese workers who remain working on-site amid the virus outbreak and 10 of them are female. I am particularly grateful to the female workers as they are the well-deserved "desert roses" who entirely act out the spirit of #Each for Equal" said 

Zhao Hui


There are 24 female workers in the 


 project and almost half of them remain working on-site during the epidemic outbreak.

"I choose to stay despite the fear." 

Said Guo Liming

, engineer of 


 project, also one of the female workers remain on site in 


 project. " Our team has been working to turn the desert into oasis and I am proud to be part of it ".

In Shanghai Electric, 19.9 percentage of the positions are held by women, which is surpassing the global female participation rate in the industry at 12% as shown in "The Future of Women at Work" report by consultancy firm McKinsey.