With the World Health Organization declaring the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak a global pandemic, the management of China Southern Power Grid’s international projects have had to overcome numerous planned challenges to achieve safe and stable operation of overseas power plants’ generator sets as CSG begins to ramp up the construction of its numerous international projects.
Vinh Tan 1 Power Plant in Vietnam: Generator Sets’ Output Doubled
Vinh Tan 1 Power Plant’s staff on duty at the central control room
On the first day of the Chinese New Year in late January, requested by the National Load Dispatch Center of Vietnam, the generator set # 2 was switched off. Three days later, the set was restarted and connected to the grid according to long established plans of the center’s senior managers.
The capacity of the generator set was restored from the minimized 600 MW during early and mid-February 2020 … to the current operating level of 1200 MW, which doubled the electricity output seven days ahead of the schedule. Leaders of the Vinh Tan 1 Power Plant said that the power load in Vietnam was expected to increase by a full 10% this year.
During the Chinese New Year holidays, 492 workers were on duty at the site of the Vinh Tan Project in Vietnam. Soon after … on February 1 due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Vietnamese government immediately announced that air travel between China and Vietnam would be temporarily suspended as the project’s quality control Chinese personnel were restricted from entering the country.
As a result, more than 100 Chinese engineers were unable to return to the site of the Vinh Tan Project on a timely basis which put operating the Vinh Tan 1 Power Plant under tremendous pressure for its normal operation.
Senior managers of Vinh Tan 1 Power Plant optimized the work schedules,
investigated the hidden dangers of production and inspected generator set #1 on a regular basis. All combined, these moves certified the project’s safe operation during the peak weeks of the coronavirus outbreak. In the first two months of 2020, the two sets generated a total of 1.553 TWh of electricity, a year-on-year increase of 5.2% with a load rate as high as 97.6%.
Soon after learning that staff and engineers of China Southern Power Grid were
once again approved to travel to Vietnam - after the required 14 days of quarantine in a country with no confirmed cases of COVID-19 - senior managers of the Vinh Tan 1 Power Plant organized its Chinese employees’ trip to Laos.
More than 22 Chinese engineers and staff successfully entered Vietnam after 14 days of quarantine and currently 58 CSG employees are still being quarantined in Laos and Thailand. None of the Chinese staff are infected with the coronavirus and all are expected to return for duty by March 15.
By then, more than 97% of the Chinese employees of the project will return to the site for work.
Nam Tha 1 Lao Power Company: It Takes Only Three Minutes to Start the Generator Sets
Governor of Luang Nam Tha Province in Laos is informed of the status of the generator sets during the coronavirus epidemic
Currently, the generator sets’ equipment of the Nam Tha 1 Hydropower Plant in Laos is 100% workable. As long as an order is dispatched, electricity can be generated and the output can be increased within three short minutes.
Although there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Laos, due to the power station’s vicinity to the border between China and Laos where many Chinese residents travel around frequently, senior managers of the Nam Tha 1 Hydro Power Plant have adopted important measures to prevent the virus from spreading throughout Laos. Senior plant managers arranged work schedules for staff with engineers who came from areas with a high number of cases would be quarantined and observed or asked to defer their return.
According to the agreement with Electricite du Laos (EDL), the generator sets in the plant must accept the dispatching order of EDL at any time. Before the Spring Festival holidays, Nam Tha 1 Hydro Power Plant senior managers carried out a special inspection of the operation of its generator sets.
After the Spring Festival, engineers of the power plant conducted a complete investigation of any potential “hidden dangers” that may in wait during construction and production … and conducted supplemental training of operation and maintenance personnel. At present, the generator sets’ equipment of the plant functions at 100% efficiency. As long as an order is dispatched, with one click, the sets can be started and connected to the grid to generate the dispatched load.
MVIP DC Project in the Philippines: Adding Workers to Accelerate Construction
The Construction Site of LALA Converter Station
The Construction Site of LALA Converter Station
The number of workers on the construction site of the MVIP DC Project in the Philippines has now increased to 1,239 and the completion rate of the construction branch is expected to increase from 2.9% from February to 3.2% during March 2020 … and project managers arrived at the site before the entry ban of Chinese nationals issued by the Philippines came into effect.