The government and affiliated organisations awarded public works contracts for buildings, building services and civil engineering work worth a combined total of HK$9.58 billion last month.
The Housing Authority which oversees development of public rental and subsidised housing awarded contracts totalling HK$3.64 billion with most of it accounted for by two contracts worth a total of HK$3.28 billion for public rental housing which went to Hsin Chong Construction, a subsidiary of Hsin Chong Construction Group (0404).
The Civil Engineering and Development Department awarded contracts totalling HK$3.03 billion.
Amongst the projects was a contract for the handling of surplus public fill for 2014-2016 worth HK$2.45 billion that was awarded to HKPFH Joint Venture.
Cycle enthusiasts can look forward to more dedicated tracks as a project for construction of cycle tracks from Tuen Mun to Sheung Shui stage 1 worth HK$193.9 million gets underway.
Architectural Services Department awarded contracts worth HK$2.18 billion.
The construction of a sports centre in area 4 of Tsing Yi worth HK$585.6 million went to Chevalier (Construction) Company, a subsidiary of Chevalier International Holdings (0025) while a project for two primary schools at Kai Tak Development worth HK$563.7 million was awarded to Kaden Construction, a subsidiary of Build King Holdings (0240).
Meanwhile Shui On Building Contractors, a subsidiary of SOCAM Development (0983), bagged a term contract worth HK$493.1 million for design and construction of minor works to government and subvented properties which ASD is responsible for on Hong Kong Island and Outlying Islands.
Rival company Yau Lee Construction, a subsidiary of Yau Lee Holdings (0406), also won a term contract for similar work in Kowloon and the New Territories worth HK$195.5 million.
Water Supplies Department awarded HK$466.8 million worth of contracts during the month with one project in particular providing further indications of progress of a proposed desalination plant in Hong Kong, a topic that has been discussed on and off for years.
The department awarded a contract worth HK$2.1 million for the provision of services for seawater sampling and laboratory testing for a proposed desalination plant at Tseung Kwan O.
In June last year, the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council approved funds of HK$34.3 million at money-of-the-day prices for the planning and investigation study for a desalination plant at Tseung Kwan O Area 137.
According to the government’s briefing paper to legislators, a desalination plant with an output capacity of 50 million cubic metres with provision for expansion to 90 million cubic metres is planned at the 10 hectare site earmarked for it.
Engineering consultant Black & Veatch Hong Kong is currently doing a feasibility study on the desalination plant after being awarded the contract worth HK$11.6 million almost exactly a year ago.