On March 11, 2020 local time in Oman, State Grid concludes its investment of 49% stake of Oman Electricity Transmission Company(OETC). This transaction is State Grid’s first investment in a grid enterprise in the Middle East, and also the single largest investment by a Chinese company in Oman. It serves to deepen China-Oman strategic partnership, enhance bilateral energy cooperation, and promote the Belt and Road Initiative.
At an elevation of 4,300 meters above the sea, the air is thin in the dazzling sunlight in Jiaqiao Village, Shanglaxiu Township, Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province. A dozen construction workers with facial masks and red vests are assembling a pole of the 10kV power line. At the construction site, epidemic preventing measures and safe production motos are posted everywhere, and tools are neatly placed. This is a typical scene in the deeply impoverished areas where State Grid is working around the clock on network construction according to its poverty-alleviating program.
On March 10, Xu Jun, the person-in-charge of Yingjia Apartments in the Xiong’an New Area, checked daily electricity consumption of the apartments through an app of smart energy management and control system. With two modes of “at home” and “being out”, the system is able to monitor all electrical appliances in real time. “Thanks to the system, electrical safety in apartments has been improved significantly and electricity bills have been reduced by almost one third”, praised Xu Jun. This is one example of smart energy service in the Xiong’an New Area provided by State Grid Hebei Electric Power Company.
On February 28, workers were busy with tower erection for Qinghai-Henan ±800kV UHV DC Project on the construction site in Zeku County of Qinghai Province, a place with an altitude of 3,700 meters. On the same day, workers on the site of Zhangbei-Xiong’an 1000kV UHV AC Project in Yi County, Baoding of Hebei Province were also busy at their work in an orderly manner. As of the end of February, State Grid has started and resumed nearly 1,900 power projects with a total investment of more than 100 billion yuan.
Lately the entire society has been in “slow motion” in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Since February 10, some companies have reopened business after receiving approval from authorities. How to prevent and control the epidemic while rebooting work? How many enterprises with how much producing capacity have been back on track? How are they doing? What are the latest developments all across the country? These are questions faced by the government, and big data on power consumption provides great indicators.
On February 28, State Grid held a meeting to kickoff the Shaanbei-Hubei±800kV UHV DC Project. Mao Weiming, Executive Chairman of State Grid attended the meeting. Liu Baohua, Deputy Director of the National Energy Administration (NEA), Liu Guozhong, Governor of Shaanxi Province, Zhao Gang, Vice Governor of Shaanxi Province, and Xin Baoan, President of State Grid were also in attendance. The meeting was presided over by Liu Zehong, Executive Vice President of State Grid.