Harbin Electric International (HEI)

HEI is a subsidiary of state-owned enterprise Harbin Electric Group. It is mainly a supplier of equipment and a contractor for the construction of thermal power plants, hydropower plants, combined-cycle power plants and wind power plants as well as substations and transmission lines. The company has been very active in Turkey. On Jan 23, 2013 an engineering, procurement and construction deal was signed for the ZETES III 2X660MW coal power plant in Çatalağzı between HEI and Eren Enerji Elektrik Üretim A.Ş (EREN).

 In May 2013 the Turkish government reported on a deal between HEI and Hattat Holding worth USD 2.4 billion for the construction of 2640 MW in coal thermal power plants in the Amasra area.

On December 5, 2013, Harbin and Turkey’s HIDRO-GEN Enerji Ithalat Ihracat Dagitim Ve Ticaret A.S. also signed a contract for the design, procurement, and installation guidance of the Soma 2X255MW Coal-fired Power Plant Project in Ankara, Turkey.


In 2013, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Environmental Protection issued the Guidelines for Environmental Protection in Foreign Investment and Cooperation. These Guidelines are not legally binding but can be quoted as a policy that Powerchina should act in line with. In addition, while doing business in the EU or potential EU countries, it can be argued that companies should act in line with EU legislation.



HEI does not have a public grievance mechanism and does not publish much information about its staff on its website. Therefore getting in touch is not easy: you need to send faxes and hard copies of letters.

For more information on the appropriate style to use when contacting Chinese banks and institutions, see here.

If you would like advice about contacting the company, contact CEE Bankwatch Network by email: kingsofcoal@bankwatch.org

It is usually difficult to find out the relevant person to contact, so first look for some clues in the media coverage of the project or the particular office of the bank in question. For the Chinese headquarters, if you cannot find a specific person connected to the project or the region where the project is situated, write to the most senior people listed on the website.

You should not expect to receive an answer quickly, if at all. This can be discouraging, however do not underestimate the impact of receiving letters from local groups or affected people.

As HEI is a state-owned enterprise, it is directly responsible towards the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC). Projects with a total investment of over USD 30 million or with over USD 10 million in foreign exchange must also be approved by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Therefore if your communication with the company does not yield any results, it is possible to also contact the SASAC and the NDRC.

While you are in the process of contacting companies that are involved in investment projects of your interest, you may wish to communicate to the Chamber of Commerce or bilateral/regional trade associations in your respective country to learn about the companies’ activities and locate the relevant point of contact.

GUO Yu, General Manager
cc: Department of Development
Harbin Electric International Company
No.39 Sandadongli Road,
Xiangfang District,
P.R. China.

Tel:+86-451-82871703 (Department of Development)
E-mail to the General Manager of HEI: heczjlyx@hec-china.com


Turkish office:

Sehit Tegmen Ali Yilmaz Sk,
Talia Plaza No:14 D Blok Kat:4,

Tel: 0090-531-9359008
Fax: 0090-216-4135900


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