Binnie & Partners, engineering consultancy, Hong Kong reservoirs and more…

HF:  In 1909 Sir AR Binnie and Son merged with another UK engineering consultancy to become Sir Alexander Binnie, Son and Deacon. Later this company became Binnie &  Partners and from the 1990s it has been part of the multi-national Black and Veatch consultancy. Binnie & Partners had a close connection to Hong Kong from 1930. The company was involved […]

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Hong Kong Water Supply – official opening of the Jubilee (Shing Mun) reservoir, newspaper report


IDJ has sent a newspaper article from 1937 about the official opening of the Jubilee (now Shing Mun) reservoir. HF: I have retyped the article to make the script more legible and to assist searching the site. Thanks to SCT for proofreading the retyped article. We have left intact errors that are in the original printed article. The images included […]

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Lok On Pai “desalting” plant, 1975-1981

HF: Desalination (or “Desalting” as it appeared to be called at that time)  was a source of water in Hong Kong between 1975 and 1981. A large desalination plant was commissioned at Lok On Pai, near Tuen Mun, in 1975, but was decommissioned  in 1981 because its operation was more expensive than importing water from Dongjiang in China. A Water Supplies […]

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Mining and Water Supply, Government paying more attention to both in Hong Kong, newspaper article 1948

Government Paying More Attention To Colomy's Mining HK Sunday Herald 27th June 1948 From IDJ

IDJ has sent this article published in June 1948. HF: I have retyped it to increase its legibility and to aid site searches. Thanks to SCT for proofreading the retyped version. Government is devoting more attention to mining in the Colony and an attempt is being made to ascertain the potential resources of our mines. This statement was made by […]

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Plover Cove Reservoir – 1977 Water Supplies Dept report

Plover Cove Fleets Of Lorries Were Used, Upgraded Image From IDJ

HF: IDJ has very kindly upgraded two of the photographs and the map included in the following article. In 1977 (?) the Water Supplies Department published a report publicizing the construction of  Plover Cove reservoir which had been officially opened in January 1969, though the height of the dams was subsequently raised, this being completed in 1973. Two stages are […]

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The Hong Kong Electric Company – 1889 to the decommissioning of Ap Lei Chau Power station in 1989

HF: The following information comes from a variety of sources. IDJ has kindly sent several of the images. Following a meeting of the Executive Council to discuss land reclamation, Bendyshe Layton a British businessman and member of the Legislative Council, suggested to Sir Catchick Paul Chater that Hong Kong acquire an electricity generator. Chater, who was to remain a director of the new Hong […]

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Black Point Power Station

IDJ: Black Point Power Station located near Tuen Mun at the western edge of the New Territories was planned in the 1990s to ensure the security of electricity supplies into the 21st century. It serves to diversify the power company’s power and fuel sources by adding large gas fired CCGT (Combined Cycle Gas Turbines) to its conventional coal-fired thermal power station. […]

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