SCL contracts rolled out

MTR Corporation has awarded a series of contracts related to the construction of the Shatin to Central Link (SCL) worth more than HK$2.6 billion in total.

A HK$871 million contract was awarded to the Kaden-Leader Joint Venture for reprovisioning of Harbour Road Sports Centre and Wan Chai Swimming Pool, to make way for Exhibition Station in Wan Chai North.

Hsin Chong Construction Ltd won a HK$300 million contract for advance works for SCL's North South Line. Shinryo Corporation was awarded a HK$631.5 million contract to carry out building services works for Hung Hom Station and Hung Hom freight yard while Leighton M&E Ltd was awarded a HK$157.9 million contract for building services for Kai Tak Station. The contractor also secured a HK$182 million contract for building services works on To Kwa Wan Station and ancillary building. Gammon E&M Ltd won a HK$219 million contract for building services works for Hin Keng Station, Ma Chai Hang ventilation building and Fung Tak EAP/EEP building while Sun Fook Kong Construction Ltd won a HK$297 million contract for enhancement works on the Police Sports & Recreation Club earlier.

The 17 km long SCL is designed to provide a direct connection between the New Territories and Hong Kong Island as well as between the eastern and western New Territories. Construction of the 11 km section from Tai Wai to Hung Hom is scheduled for completion in 2018 while the 6 km section between Hung Hom and Admiralty is scheduled for completion in 2020.

Mott MacDonald to design third runway and concourse

Mott MacDonald has been commissioned by the Hong Kong Airport Authority (HKAA) to design the third runway, infrastructure and concourse at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA). The expansion will allow 620,000 flight movements, enabling over 102 million passengers and approximately 9 million tonnes of cargo to pass through the airport every year.

The third passenger concourse and runway will be created on a reclamation platform north of the existing airport island. The consultancy covers the design of all associated taxiways, roads and tunnels, stormwater culverts and drainage, ancillary buildings and utility services, as well as airfield systems such as aviation fuel supply, airfield ground lighting, high mast lighting, fixed ground power, communication and control systems, fire services and cable ducting systems. The consultancy will also cover the design of automated people mover and baggage handling systems for the new concourse, which will provide approximately 60 bridge served stands and 40 remote stands.

HKUST opens Energy Institute

The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST) has opened the Energy Institute as a multi-disciplinary platform for fostering energy-related research and curricular programmes based on collaborations within HKUST and beyond.

HKUST President Prof Tony Chan said the Institute was established to meet the needs of society and energy research development. "The Institute is to engage in emerging energy research that will have a long-term, transformative effect on Hong Kong and the nation's energy future. It will provide a multi-disciplinary platform for integrating, facilitating and enabling university-wide programmes in energy-related research and education," he said.

CityU and Alstom ink strategic alliance deal

City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with power firm Alstom to establish a long-term strategic alliance for "Advanced Open Systems for Smart Cities", which covers energy and transport research, education, training and innovation.

Under the agreement, Alstom will provide funding and technology support for CityU to advance its research and development projects in the fields of energy and transport. In return, CityU will assist Alstom in recruiting talented personnel and identifying research results with commercialisation potential in the same fields through the establishment of a joint research centre.

"Alstom ...is aiming to be a dedicated contributor of eco-friendly power and transport solutions to support sustainable urbanisation in China, where the group has a significant footprint. For these reasons, we decided to partner with CityU with some special emphasis in the field of smart grid, power electronics and nanotechnologies," said Alstom chief innovation officer Dr Ronan Stéphan.

Funds sought for resort island study

The Government plans to seek HK$61.9 million from the Legislative Council Finance Committee for a planning and engineering study into the development of an artificial island along the Hong Kong- Zhuhai-Macao Bridge alignment into a resort.

The study covers a 130 ha island to be built to support boundary-crossing facilities as well as low-rise commercial facilities. The amount of land to be allocated for commercial development has yet to be decided.

The study is due to begin in August. The project is slated for completion in 2016, to tie in with the bridge's completion.

HKPC launches industrial water management programme

To address concerns over water shortage and pollution in southern China, the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) has launched an industrial water management programme to support major water-consuming industries in the implementation of good water management practices.

Supported by funding from the HSBC Water Programme (2012-2016), the initiative will offer free water management assessment and consultancy to 36 electronics, metal finishing, and textile and leather factories in Guangdong and Hong Kong. Six of them will receive further technical support for preliminary process improvement designs and the implementation of improvement measures.

Apart from on-site technical support, the 18-month programme also includes knowledge sharing of best practices in water management and practical solutions for major water-consuming industries through seminars, plant visits, water management manuals and website.

Government launches fuel mix consultation

The Government has launched a three-month public consultation on the future fuel mix for electricity generation for Hong Kong.

"The existing coal-fired generating units will start to retire from 2017," said Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing. "In order to meet future electricity demand and to improve the environment, we have to review and improve the future fuel mix for electricity generation for Hong Kong in a timely manner, in order to enable the planning of necessary infrastructure."

In 2012, coal accounted for 53% of the overall fuel mix in Hong Kong, followed by nuclear electricity imported from the Daya Bay nuclear power station in the Mainland (23%), natural gas (22%), and oil and renewable energy (RE) (2%).

The Government is putting forward two fuel mix options for public consultation:

1. importing electricity from the China's southern power grid which, along with electricity from Daya Bay, will meet 50% of demand; while the remaining supply continues to be met by location generation with increased use of natural gas from 22% at present to 40% while coal and RE would account for about 10%

2. local generation with supply from natural gas increased to 60% while coal and RE would account for about 20%, plus supply from Daya Bay maintained at 20%

According to the Government, both options would entail an increase in electricity cost.

The consultation document can be downloaded from the Environment Bureau's website (www.enb.gov.hk).

Ground-breaking for Children's Hospital

A ground-breaking ceremony has been held by the Hospital Authority (HA) to mark the commencement of construction of Hong Kong Children's Hospital (HKCH).

The HK$13 billion project will have a construction floor area of around 165,000 sq m. It has a podium-free design that features two separate, 11-storey high towers which will be connected by three link bridges. It will have a total of 468 beds for in-patient and day-patient services as well as research and training facilities. The towers will house an integrated rehabilitation centre, main operating theatres, clinical laboratories, research laboratories, hospital data centre, education and training facilities, in-patient services facilities and ambulatory care services facilities.

A design-and-build contract was awarded to the China State-Shui On Joint Venture to deliver the project, which is scheduled for completion in 2017 and to commence operation in phases from 2018. The project's structural engineer is Meinhardt (C&S) Ltd while the building services engineer is J Roger Preston Ltd. Specialist consultant Cundall was appointed to provide sustainability, LEED and BEAM consultancy services.


Artist's impression of the hospital. Image: ArchSD

Centre for global navigation satellite research set up

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and Wuhan University have jointly set up the PolyU-Wuhan University Partner GNSS Research Centre to strengthen research collaboration in global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).

Hosted at the Department of Land Surveying & Geo-Informatics (LSGI), the research centre will facilitate the sharing of resources available in Hong Kong and the Mainland.

Using modern satellite-based positioning and navigation technology, GNSS provides users with high precision positioning, navigation, velocity and timing (PNaVT) information everywhere on Earth and even in space. Incorporating well-known technologies such as global positioning system (GPS) from the US, the Beidou navigation satellite system from China, GLONASS from Russia and the Galileo system from Europe, GNSS is currently regarded as the most critical infrastructure in the nation.

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