The Chinese EPC Contractor in Power Generation

Strengths, Weaknesses, Risks and Rewards

By Chudi C. Egbuna

Chinese EPC contractors are seemingly becoming the Engineering Procurement and Construction Contractors (EPCCs) of choice in the power generation industry especially in Africa and the developing world. Working with Chinese EPCCs offers rewards as well as risks. Being able to manage effectively the associated risks of working with Chinese EPCCs could result in significant gains to project Owners. The following paragraphs define the global trends in the engineering services industry with respect to Chinese EPCCs and associated contract models in practice. The paper aims to provide an objective view of the Chinese EPCC, highlighting their capabilities that motivate decisions to work with them. It further provides evidence of their performance worldwide and then progresses to identify the specific risks while offering ideas for mitigation of the identified risks. 

This paper provides information in an attempt to improve the understanding of the Chinese EPCC, and perhaps tries to better equip Owners and Owners’ engineers alike who might be considering taking them on as partners or working with them on projects worldwide. 

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The Chinese EPC Contractor in Power Generation: Strengths, Weaknesses, Risks and Rewards



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