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Shanghai Electric jumps to 40th on Top International Contractors list

Shanghai Electric moved up to 40th place on the 2022 Top 250 International Contractors list released by Engineering News-Record (ENR).

Shanghai Electric jumps to 40th on Top International Contractors list. Source: Shanghai Electric
Shanghai Electric jumps to 40th on Top International Contractors list. Source: Shanghai Electric

ENR is a world-renowned academic publication for news, analysis, commentary and data on the word’s engineering and construction industry.

Widely considered as the industry barometer, the annual ENR list is a highly influential, authoritative ranking that reflects the trends taking place across the international engineering market throughout the year. The list ranks the world’s construction companies based on revenue generated by the sum of the projects they are involved in.

Shanghai Electric made the list by virtue of 11 of its major international projects, including a photovoltaic-thermal (PV-T) facility and Phase 5 of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, the Thar Block-1 Integrated Coal Mine in Pakistan, a gas-fired thermal power plant in Pancevo, Serbia, a solar facility in Cyprus as well as power plants in Rupsha, Bangladesh and Wassit province, Iraq.

In addition, the firm took third position among China’s state-owned power engineering enterprises on the list, up by one position from last year, while ranking among the top ten on the regional list for the Middle Eastern market.

Despite the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021, Shanghai Electric achieved several major milestones by overcoming unprecedented challenges and continuing the implementation of its projects, ensuring the uninterrupted growth of revenue from the projects while contributing significantly to the rise of the firm’s ranking on the ENR list.

The milestones included the grid connection of Zone 1 of the company’s PV-T facility in Dubai and of Pancevo’s gas turbine units, the temporary handover of Zone A at Phase 5 of Dubai Solar Park, the hydraulic testing of boilers at the Thar power plant, the connection of Thar Coal Mine’s PV power station to the power grid in Bangladesh (a grid that is currently over-reliant on fossil fuels), and the concrete pouring for Rupsha’s steam turbine base.

In 2022, 79 mainland Chinese companies were included in the list, making China the first in the world in terms of the number of firms that made the ranking.

Four of them are involved in the power engineering sector, aside from Shanghai Electric, they include Power Construction Corporation of China (PowerChina), China Energy Engineering Group (Energy China) and China National Machinery Industry Corporation.

Shanghai Electric also ranked among the top ten on the regional list alongside PowerChina, Energy China, China State Construction Engineering Corporation and China Railway Construction Group Corporation.

According to the ENR list, the global infrastructure construction market showed a recovery in 2021. Combined contracting revenue of the Top 250 increased 5.1% year on year to $547.2 billion last year, while combined international turnover of the companies declined 5.4% to US$397.9 billion, a vast improvement compared to the drop of 11.1% in 2020. Among the 236 companies that have made the list for two consecutive years in 2021 and 2022, 62.3% saw an increase in international turnover.

All of the top 250 companies have built distinctive competencies in their respective regional markets.

Most notably, Chinese contractors continued their leadership role in Africa (with a share of 59.3%), Asia (55.3%) and the Middle East (40%).

In 2021, turnover from the transportation construction business of the Top 250 reached US$132.17 billion, accounting for 33.2 per cent of the total, followed by housing construction, petrochemical and power engineering, with combined turnover of the four business types making up 80.1% of the total.

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