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Thursday, March 26 2020 - 11:43
Shanghai Electric Donates 40,000 Masks to Wassit Thermal Power Plant in Iraq
BAGHDAD, March 26, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Shanghai Electric Group, the world's leading manufacturer and supplier of power 
generation and industrial equipment, announced today that it has donated 40,000 
pieces of surgical masks to employees of Shanghai Electric's Wassit Thermal 
Power Plant, the largest power station of its kind in Iraq, in response to the 
outbreak of COVID-19.  

"The epidemic situation is gradually improving inside China, but the number of 
cases is still surging in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East," said Bian 
Changzheng, Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Iraq. 

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caption:Chinese medical aid team at the Wassit Thermal Power Plant in Iraq

372,757 people in 167 countries and regions have been confirmed infected with 
COVID-19 to date. Iraq's major provinces have decided to close their borders, 
including Erbil and Sulaymaniyah, while others imposed a near-complete lockdown 
as precautionary measures. The Wassit Thermal Power Plant has implemented a 
series of on-site infection risk management and control measures to protect 
staff while working on-site since January this year. 

"The pandemic has imposed unprecedented pressure on the health systems across 
the region, and the Chinese Embassy in Iraq is providing medical aid by 
financing epidemic prevention materials and transferring medical experts to 
Iraq," Bian made the remarks during a trip with Chinese Red Cross medical 
experts to the Wassit Thermal Power Plant for epidemic prevention, inspection 
and guidance. "Chinese companies have been undertaking aggressive measures to 
retain control over the coronavirus and maintain local workers' health and 

Located in the central Iraq's Wassit province, south of the city of Kut and 
about 120km southeast of Baghdad, the Wassit plant has four units with a 
generating capacity of 330MW each and two with a 610MW capacity each. With all 
six units being grid-connected and put into commercial operation in 2015, the 
plant has now been providing an overall output of 56 million kilowatt hours 
(kWh) per day, accounting for 30% of Iraq's national power generation and 70% 
of Baghdad's power consumption at peak time.

Shanghai Electric has been exercising the "EPC + O & M" solution by taking the 
lead in both the operation and maintenance of the power plant. To ensure the 
productivity and efficacy of the project, the company has designed and 
manufactured all major equipment of the plant, including boilers, steam 
turbines, generators, and condensers, as well as facilitated 150 Iraqi 
employees with practical training aimed at preparing them to operate and 
maintain the plant.  

"Leveraging the project's positive momentum, the plant is established hand in 
hand with the ecological conservation and economic development. It has also 
played an essential role in the social development of the region, with Shanghai 
Electric pledging to help the local community by improving education, health, 
infrastructure and the overall lifestyle of the region," said He Zhuang of 
Shanghai Electric, the project manager of Wassit Thermal Power Plant.

About Shanghai Electric

Shanghai Electric Group Company Limited (SEHK: 2727, SSE: 601727) is 
principally engaged in the design, manufacture and sale of power equipment and 
industrial equipment. It focuses on new energy business, including the 
manufacture and sale of wind turbine and components as well as nuclear power 
equipment; clean energy business, including the manufacture and sale of thermal 
power equipment, power transmission and distribution equipment; industrial 
equipment, including the production and sale of elevators and electric motors; 
and modern service industry, including the contracting of construction of power 
generation plants, power transmission and distribution projects as well as 
other businesses.

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   Caption: Chinese medical aid team at the Wassit Thermal Power Plant in Iraq