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Kansai Electric and MHPS sign agreement for survey on power plant maintenance

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The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (Kansai Electric) and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) concluded an agreement for a preparatory survey on power plant maintenance using state-of-the-art technologies such as IoT and AI in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar on 3 July. The work was contracted to the two companies by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Increasing Myanmar's power supply capacity is an urgent issue today as this Southeast Asian nation's maximum power demand is currently projected to expand to 4000 MW in 2020 and 14 000 MW in 2030, in tandem with economic growth. Existing power plants that were impacted primarily by previous economic sanctions, suffer today from shortages of equipment and parts that are necessary for carrying out needed repairs, with the result that proper O&M has not been carried out. Development of human resources to take charge of such duties is also lagging. In light of this situation, the Japanese Government has drawn up plans to provide economic support to Myanmar and has declared intent to cooperate in the energy field.

Against this backdrop, JICA openly invited bids to undertake an investigation into the current status of O&M at Myanmar's existing power plants and to explore the feasibility of introducing IoT, AI and other state-of-the-art technologies held by small and medium sized enterprises in Japan. Kansai Electric and MHPS responded to this call as a team and were selected to carry out the cited work.

The investigation will be conducted over a period of approximately one year, starting this July and finishing in July 2019. Both companies will dispatch employees to the site, their objectives being to survey Myanmar's existing power plants and prepare technical proposals based on their O&M.

Kansai Electric presently offers an engineering service for thermal power plants known as ‘Kansai-Value Creation Service’ or ‘K-VaCS’. This is a solution service for creating customer value throughout all aspects of projects to establish new thermal power plants, from basic planning to O&M after operation start-up. The company is now working closely with small and medium enterprises having outstanding technologies, to jointly develop new products and services that will boost added value through integration of these currently disparate technologies.

MHPS possesses expertise and technological capabilities as a provider of engineering, manufacturing and servicing operations for power generation facilities. Its ‘MHPS-TOMONI®’ is a digital solution service that supports optimisation of the operation of thermal power plants.

Both companies realise stable power supply in Myanmar using their knowledge and technology, and contribute to the development of the country.

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