Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge gets green light

Tendering for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HZMB) will begin soon, according to reports.

Estimated to cost HK$30-40 billion, the 29.6 km HZMB has been under discussion for two decades. It is envisioned that the project will span the Pearl River Estuary with landing points on Hong Kong side linking up with the North Lantau Highway.

The project, one of the ten mega infrastructure projects highlighted by the Chief Executive in his Policy Address, received State Council approval in 2003. The HZMB Advance Work Co-ordination Group (AWCG) was then established by the three local governments to coordinate and take forward the advance work for the project. In February 2004, the China Highway Planning & Design Institute was commissioned to conduct a feasibility study for the project. An expert panel meeting on the HZMB's alignment organised by the National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC) in April 2005 recommended a bridge-cum-tunnel alignment with landings at Hong Kong's San Shek Wan, Zhuhai's Gongbei and Macau's A Pˆmola.

Project proponent Sir Gordon Wu of Hopewell Holdings was quoted in reports as saying that his company would take part in the bidding. The latest reports indicated Hong Kong would be responsible for 50.2% of the public funding as it is expected to derive the most economic benefit from the bridge.

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge will span the Pearl River Estuary

Green energy scheme commissioned

The landfill gas (LFG) utilisation project at the North East New Territories (NENT) landfill has been officially commissioned.

Secretary for the Environment Edward Yau said the project was one of the largest green energy recovery and reuse projects in the world. He said the project, also one of the largest off-site LFG utilisation schemes in the world, would help cut the use of fossil fuel in town gas production and reduce the emission of greenhouse gases, thus helping to improve the territory's air quality.

Landfill gas, which contains mainly methane, is a form of alternative energy. In the early stage of the NENT Landfill operation, LFG generated will be utilised only for generating electricity to meet on-site electricity demands, and as a direct heating fuel in the leachate treatment plant of the landfill. However, as the volume of LFG increases over the remaining life of the landfill, the quantity of surplus LFG is expected to reach a level that is economically viable for off-site as well as on-site use.

NENT contractor, Far East Landfill Technologies Ltd signed an agreement with the Hong Kong and China Gas Company Ltd (Towngas) in 2003 to build an LFG treatment plant at NENT. Under the agreement, a 19 km pipeline from Ta Kwu Ling to Tai Po was built to transmit the treated surplus LFG to the Towngas plant in Tai Po as an alternative heating fuel for town gas production.

The use of LFG will help conserve a depleting natural resource - fossil fuel - as well as reduce the emission of up to 135,000 t of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Call for entries for Hong Kong Pavilion

The Government has invited members of the design and building-related professions to participate in a competition to contribute concept designs for the development and construction of the Hong Kong Pavilion at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai.

The "Concept Design Competition for the World Exposition 2010 Shanghai China - Hong Kong Pavilion" is jointly organised by the Constitutional & Mainland Affairs Bureau and the Architectural Services Department and sponsored by the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (HKIA).

The Shanghai Expo will be held in Shanghai in 1 May-31 October 2010.

"Under the theme of 'Better City, Better Life', the Shanghai Expo will provide a platform for participating countries and organisations to exchange experiences of urban development, disseminate advanced ideas on cities, explore new approaches to eco-friendly lifestyles and working conditions, and sustainable development," said a government spokesperson. "The Government will construct a Hong Kong Pavilion with distinct Hong Kong characteristics under the theme of 'Hong Kong - A City with Unlimited Potential'.

The deadline for submission of entries is 6pm on March 13, 2008. The results will be announced in early April. Further information on the competition is available on the Architectural Services Department website at www.archsd.gov.hk.

Awards showcase local ICT achievements

Seven organisations have been recognised for their information and communication technology achievements in the Hong Kong ICT Awards 2007.

Now in its second year, the Hong Kong ICT Awards aim to recognise and promote the outstanding work of local ICT professionals and organisations.

The Grand Award in each of the seven categories were chosen by separate judging panels and the Award of the Year was selected from the seven Grand Award winners by a grand judging panel. The Grand Award winners and their entries are:

1) Best Business Grand Award: Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited - electronic disclosure system
2) Best Digital Entertainment Grand Award: TikTokTech Ltd - Creative Kid
3) Best Digital Inclusion Grand Award: Association for Engineering &
Medical Volunteer Services (Computer Rehabilitation Resource Station - C-Rehab
4) Best Innovation & Research Grand Award: Hong Kong University of Science & Technology - coal mine surveillance with wireless sensor networks
5) Best Lifestyle Grand Award: PlayMotion Ltd - PlayMotion Core
6) Best Public Service Application Grand Award: Hong Kong Fire Services Department - third generation mobilising system
7) Best Ubiquitous Networking Grand Award: PCCW Ltd - PCCW mobile infotainment platform

PCCW Ltd received the Award of the Year for its mobile infotainment platform. The awards received 330 entries this year from both the public and private sectors.

Community College groundbreaking at CityU

A groundbreaking ceremony was held by the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) to mark the commencement of construction of its Community College of City University (CCCU) Building.

The 40,000 sq m college is designed to serve the university's Associate Degree programmes. Situated on the slope behind the campus's Sports Complex, it will contain a resources centre, design studios, computer and language laboratories, a student canteen, classrooms, lecture theatres, and audio-video and multi-purpose rooms. It is scheduled for completion in April 2010. The project is being built by Kaden Construction Ltd; the engineer is Hyder Consulting Ltd.

China State wins site formation deal

China State Construction Engineering (Hong Kong) Ltd has been awarded a HK$2.06 billion contract by the Civil Engineering and Development Department (CEDD) for site formation works and associated engineering infrastructures at the Anderson Road quarry in East Kowloon.

Designed to provide land for the construction of public housing as well as other government and public facilities, the project involves the formation of 20 ha of land platforms with construction of associated slopes and retaining walls; 4.7 km of roadworks, including associated road junction improvements; water mains, drainage and sewerage works, including the construction of an underground stormwater storage tank; landscaping works; and all necessary environmental mitigation works, including measures for implementing a comprehensive environmental monitoring and audit programme.

Land formation is to be completed in phases for staged handover to the Housing Department for public housing development. Upon completion, the development will provide about 16,100 public housing units for about 48,000 people in phases between 2015 and 2016.

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