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Tuesday, 3 July 2018, 20:20 HKT/SGT

Source: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.
Kansai Electric and MHPS to Jointly Undertake Preparatory Survey on Maintenance of Power Plants in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
- Two Companies to Explore Feasibility Using State-of-the-Art Technology such as IoT and AI -

TOKYO, July 3, 2018 - (JCN Newswire) - The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. 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. 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 4,000 megawatts (MW) in 2020 and 14,000MW 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 optimization of the operation of thermal power plants.
Both companies realize stable power supply in Myanmar using their knowledge and technology, and contribute to the development of the country.

About Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS), headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, is a joint venture formed in February 2014 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Hitachi, Ltd. integrating their operations in thermal power generation systems and other related businesses. MHPS today ranks among the world's leading suppliers of equipment and services to the power generation market, backed by 100 billion yen in capital and approximately 20,000 employees worldwide. The Company's products include GTCC (gas turbine combined-cycle) and IGCC (integrated coal gasification combined-cycle) power plants, gas/coal/oil-fired (steam) power plants, boilers, generators, gas and steam turbines, geothermal power plants, AQCS (air quality control systems), power plant peripheral equipment, digital solutions and solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC).

For more information, please visit www.mhps.com.

Joseph Hood, PR Manager
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Email: mhi-pr@mhi.co.jp
Tel: +81-(0)3-6716-2168
Fax: +81-(0)3-6716-5860

Source: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.

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