CLP A Century of Light – how power was brought to Kowloon and the New Territories

Amelia Allsop,  Manager – Collections and Research at the Hong Kong Heritage Project, has sent A Century of Light – CLP Centenary Souvenir Book linked below covering the period 1901-2001.

Amelia was kindly responding to an enquiry as to whether the Project has any information about Tai O Power Company which had been known as Tai O Union Electric Company. It does – see Section 11, Chapter 2, Islands.

CLP power station Guangzhou Date: not given Courtesy: CLP

CLP power station Guangzhou
Date: not given
Courtesy: CLP

The book is divided into :

Section 1 Rise of electricity and the community 1901-1945

Chapter 1 The Beginning 1901-1917
Chapter 2 Growing up in Kowloon 1918-1930
Chapter 3 Lighting up the New Territories 1931-1941
Chapter 4 War spills over the border 1941-1945

Hok Un Power Station 1930 Courtesy: CLP

Hok Un Power Station
Courtesy: CLP

Section 11 Mutual development of energy and city 1945-1981

Chapter 1 Switching on the electricity
Chapter 2 Modernizing electricity and community.

This section is of great interest. Each area has a little historical background, information about initial electricity supply and the uses of that power sometimes industrial.

Yau Tsim Mong
Sham Shui Po
Kowloon City
Wong Tai Sin
Kwun Tong
Tsuen Wan
Kwai Tsing
Tuen Mun
Yuen Long
North District, including Fanling, Sheung Shui, On Luck Chuen and Sheung Shui industrial developments, Ap Chau islands
Tai Po
Sai Kung

Inauguration of Tsing Yi Power Station 1969 Courtesy: CLP

Tsing Yi Power Station around the late 1970s early 1980s Courtesy: CLP

Section 111 All Systems Go

Chapter 1 Power Givers, People Carers –  includes:
Castle Peak ‘A’ Power Station
Cheung Chau
Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station
Castle Peak ‘B’ Power Station
Decommissioning of Hok Un Power Station
Black Point Power Station
Decommissioning of Tsing Yi ‘A’ Power Station
Decommissioning of Tsing Yi ‘B” Power Station
Penny Bay Power Station, Lantau island

Chapter 2 Improving the Quality of Life

Black Point Power Station Date: Not given Courtesy: CLP

Black Point Power Station
Date: not given
Courtesy: CLP

This article was first posted on 24th September 2014.


  1. China Light and Power : A Century of Light – The CLP Centenary Souvenir Book


  1. The Hong Kong Heritage Project

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