The Water Supplies Department today signed a $180 million consultancy agreement with Black & Veatch Hong Kong Limited for the investigation review, design and construction of the first stage of the proposed Tseung Kwan O desalination plant.
The proposed plant will be the first of its kind in Hong Kong using advanced reverse osmosis desalination technology.
The first stage will involve construction of a desalination plant with a water production capacity of 135,000 cubic metres per day, with provision for future expansion to the ultimate capacity of 270,000 cubic metres per day, and the submarine intake and outfall facilities catering for the ultimate water production capacity.
The first and ultimate stages of the desalination plant will meet 5% and 10% of Hong Kong’s water demand.
The consultants will be responsible for reviewing the feasibility study’s findings, supervising site investigation, carrying out design, preparing tender documents, assessing tenders and supervising the first stage of construction work.
Speaking at the contract signing ceremony today, Director of Water Supplies Enoch Lam said the proposed plant will provide an important alternative water resource which is not susceptible to climate change to safeguard Hong Kong’s water security.
“The department is pressing ahead with the implementation of the project to aim for an early commencement of the construction in 2017 or 2018. Prequalification of tenderers for the first stage works is tentatively scheduled to start by the end of 2016,” Mr Lam added.
To meet the tight project programme, the department has already begun designing the water mains for transferring fresh water produced from the plant to existing service reservoirs in Tseung Kwan O.
Photo: Director of Water Supplies Enoch Lam (second right) and Deputy Director Wong Chung-leung (first right) attend the contract signing ceremony.
Water Supplies Department pens $180 million consultancy agreement.