Shanghai Observer: China's Largest Investment Project in Turkey Makes New Breakthrough

On February 17, 2020, the first truss gantry crane of Hunutlu Thermal Power Plant Project affiliated to SEP was hoisted in place in Yumurtalik county, Adana province, Turkey. The project is also China's largest direct investment project in the country.


As a flagship project linking the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative with Turkey's Middle Corridor plan, the construction progress of Hunutlu Thermal Power Plant has attracted the attention of the two governments. Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic in China, how to properly address the epidemic prevention and control for nearly 1,000 construction workers at the project site has become the most important task of EMBA Electricity Production Inc. (EMBA), SEP's Turkish subsidiary. In the past three weeks, confronted with the difficulties and challenges including obstruction of construction personnel entering the site and delayed shipment of equipment and materials, EMBA led the general contractor and main subcontractors to pool their efforts and overcome the difficulties together in order to ensure safe and orderly construction of the project.


As early as January 26, the second day of the Lunar New Year, SEP kicked off the emergency measures of epidemic control, requiring EMBA employees who returned to China for the Spring Festival holiday to postpone returning to Turkey temporarily. The construction personnel from domestic participating companies shall not be sent to the construction site in Turkey for the time being, while those at the Turkish construction site shall not get in or out of the site to avoid the infection of the virus.


After the outbreak of the epidemic, various participating units determined to adopt methods such as introducing local construction teams in Turkey and increasing local employees to reduce the impact that Chinese construction teams were unable to enter the site.


Being overseas and unable to fight the epidemic on the front line, EMBA staff are always concerned about their motherland and hometown, and contribute their own strength as much as possible. Having learned about the shortage of medical masks in China, the employees at Adana project site and Istanbul headquarters took action separately and left no stone unturned to collect resource of medical masks.

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