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CHINESE/SPANISH CONSORTIUM TO BUILD HONG KONG’S DESALINATION PLANT

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Chinese/Spanish consortium to build Hong Kong’s desalination plant

Resilience against climate change challenges

Plans to bolster Hong Kong with additional desalination capacity are moving ahead to provide resilience against climate change challenges and low levels of rainfall.

The Hong Kong Water Supplies Department (WSD) has commissioned an international construction consortium under a design-build-operate (DBO) arrangement to build the 135,000 m³/day project.

Worth HKD9.018 billion (€1.042 billion), the Tseung Kwan O project will use reverse osmosis (RO) membranes and construction is expected to start this month, with the plant set to be operational in 2023.

The operation contract will be valid for ten years, with the possibility of a five-year extension.

Spanish company ACCIONA makes up 20 per cent of the consortium, along with Jardine Engineering (20 per cent) and China State (60 per cent).

For the operation & maintenance (O&M), ACCIONA will take the lead share (66.5 per cent), followed by Jardine Engineering (21.5 per cent) and China State (12.5 per cent).

Desalination history in Hong Kong

The desalination plant is part of a wider strategy to reduce long-term reliance upon imported water from the Dongjiang river in China.

Since 1965 Hong Kong has imported up to 70 per cent of its total water supply from the Dongjiang.

Seawater desalination is one of six water resources listed under Hong Kong’s long-term goals for water security, also including Dongjiang water, local yield, seawater for flushing, reclaimed water, and grey water re-use.

Feasibility studies were carried out in 2002 and 2007 into the use of RO membrane technology in relation to potable water and Hong Kong Drinking Water Standards.

A strategic water resource

Engineering consultancy Black & Veatch (B&V) will provide design and construction supervision across the first phase of the project.

B&V also completed Hong Kong’s first desalination plant in 1976, which was decommissioned in 1981 due to “high operation costs and excessive electricity consumption”, according to the City University of Hong Kong.

“The proposed desalination plant will provide Hong Kong with a strategic water resource which is not susceptible to the impact of climate change,” said a spokesman for the WSD.

“The desalination plant will adopt the technology of reverse osmosis, which has been confirmed with a previous pilot study to be effective in producing potable water complying with the Hong Kong Drinking Water Standards under local conditions.”

Expanding Acciona’s Asia footprint

ACCIONA has been previously involved in construction projects in Hong Kong.

In Vietman, the company was awarded the contract to design and build the Nhieu Loc Thi Nghe wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in Ho Chi Minh City.

In 2016, it was awarded a contract for the Putatan 2 brackish drinking water plant in Muntinlupa, south of Manila, in The Philippines, serving a population of six million.

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Reception on the occasion of the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat,19 February

Mr Eddie Cheung, Special Representative for Hong Kong Economic and Trade Affairs to the European Union and Mr Hans Poulis, Chairman of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association are hosting the “Night at the Opera” concert and buffet reception on the occasion of the Chinese New Year on Wednesday 19th February 2020

from 17:00 to 20:00 hrs
Nieuwe of Littéraire Sociëteit De Witte
Plein 24, 2511 CS The Hague

If you have not received an invitation but are interested in attending, please write an e-mail to:

secretariat@nhkba.nl

This event can be attended by invitation only.

NHKBA CNY Dinner 7 February, Laren

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

With this traditional wish we will greet you when we meet to celebrate the start of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Rat, during our Chinese New Year Dinner on Friday 7th of February 2020.

The dinner will be held at the Golden River Restaurant , Stationsweg 1, 1251 KC Laren.

The proprietor of Golden River Restaurant, Hemmy Wong, is a past chairman and board member of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association.

His iconic restaurant in Laren will close in the Summer of 2020 and the NHKBA would like to host the CNY dinner at Golden River to pay hommage to Hemmy Wong and his family and to thank him for his unwavering support of the Association since 1994.

You can expect an all-inclusive festive dinner and a great atmosphere in an ambiance that was featured in movies, television series and an article in the Dutch edition of National Geographic.

Time: 18:30 hrs Welcome, Cocktails and finger food
19:00 hrs Dinner with lucky draw and musical performance by Ms Laying Wang
Costs: Individual Members
Individual Members of NCBC,
Guanxi.nl and VNC
Individual Non-Members
Corporate table
€60 per person
€68 per person

€88 per person
€888 per table of 10 guests

Once again, a Lucky Draw with fabulous prizes will be held during the dinner to raise money for the Foodlink Foundation in Hong Kong.
Founded in 2001, the Foodlink Foundation is a registered Hong Kong charity dedicated to fighting hunger, building self-sufficiency, and fostering nutritional wellness among those in need, while simultaneously reducing food wastage in hotels and F&B outlets in Hong Kong.
The top prize of the Lucky Draw: 2 tickets Amsterdam – Hong Kong offered by Cathay Pacific Airways!

All members and guests who book individual seats will receive 1 free lucky draw ticket. Guests at corporate tables will receive 2 free lucky draw tickets per person.

The package for corporate tables also includes the use of the logo or name of the company sponsoring the table on the menu, the correspondence and on our website.

Additional Lucky Draw tickets can be purchased during the dinner at € 5 each.

Request: it would be greatly appreciated if you can donate one or more prizes for the Lucky Draw. Sponsors will be mentioned by name and sponsor logos will be printed on the menu. Additionally, the names and logos of sponsors will be shown on the website of the NHKBA.

Please contact Mr. George Ammerlaan (george.ammerlaan@nhkba.nl) if you would like to submit a prize or donation.

You can register for individual seats by clicking here

and for a corporate table by clicking here.

If you yourself are unable to attend, please inform colleagues who may be interested so that they can join. Click here for an impression of last year’s CNY diner.

Upon receipt of your registration, a confirmation including information regarding parking facilities and an invoice will be sent to you.

Yours sincerely,
NETHERLANDS HONG KONG BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

Hans Poulis
Chairman

Please note: In case of cancellation, entry-fees will only be refunded if the cancellation reaches the secretariat by mail not later than Monday 4th February 2020.

This dinner is organised in co-operation with Golden River Restaurant and sponsored by Cathay Pacific Airways.

 

Fruitful Visit NHKBA Chairman to Hong Kong, Meets CE.

Hans Poulis, Chairman of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association (NHKBA) and Vice Chairman of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide (HKFBAW), returned to the Netherlands after a fruitful and informative visit to the annual Hong Kong Forum, organised by the HKFBAW. A highlight of Hans Poulis’ visit was a board meeting of the Federation with the SAR’s Chief Executive Mrs. Carrie Lam. In an open discussion, Mrs. Lam explained the position of the Hong Kong Government regarding the protests that have been going on for 6 months. On behalf of the European Federation Hans Poulis expressed his concern. He hopes that they will find a peaceful solution to end all demonstrations soon.

 

In the photo left to right: Mr. Hans Poulis, Vice Chairman FHKBAW, Mr Dennis Chiu, Chairman HKFBAW, Mrs. Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR, Ms. Alexandria Sham, Honorary Treasurer HKFBAW and Mr. Michael Chiu, Honorary Secretary of the HKFBAW, during their meeting in Hong Kong on Wednesday 4th December 2019.

NHKBA Wins Best Initiative Award at HK Forum for 3rd Time

For the third time in a row, the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association received the Best Initiative Award for the region Europe at the Hong Kong Forum of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide. Chairman Hans Poulis received the award at the Hong Kong Forum on 4 December. The winning initiative was an event in three parts (seminar, reception and dinner) organised on 2 July 2019 in Rotterdam. Close to 200 guests joined the event, which focussed on China’s Greater Bay Area.

In the photo: William Chui, Regional Director Europe HKTDC, NHKBA Chairman Hans Poulis, Laszlo Bakonyi, Awards Committee Member Federation of HK Business Associations Worldwide, Muriel Morrees, General Manager of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and George Ammerlaan, Manager Secretariat NHKBA.

The 20th Hong Kong Forum

Join the Hong Kong Forum on 3 and 4 December 2019.

  • Exclusive annual flagship event of the Federation of Hong Kong Business Associations Worldwide
  • A global network with over 13,000 members from the 43 Hong Kong business associations in 32 countries and economies
  • To keep members abreast of the latest market intelligence
  • To network with fellow associates from around the world!

2018 HONG KONG FORUM HIGHLIGHTS

360 participants from 28 countries and economies.

A video highlight of the last Forum here

The Speakers’ videos are available here

Photos taken at the last Forum here

More information about the 20th Forum can be found here

SAVE THE DATE : 3-4 December 2019

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New in 2019:

Young Executive Programme

“Embracing Innovations and Technologies: A game-changing philosophy”

4 December 2019 (Wednesday), N106-108, HKCEC


“People find change uncomfortable, and many aren’t willing to change until it’s too late. For entrepreneurs, innovators, and all-around game-changers, though, successful disruption is the ultimate goal. If you want to disrupt your industry or the competition, however, you will likely have to disrupt your own business first.” – Robert Glazer

Young innovators will share their ideas and insights on how businesses could embrace innovations and technologies, and stay competitive in the digital era. Get to know how young minds and talents are creating new business models, improving operational efficiency, and fostering more business opportunities.

Confirmed Speakers:

  1. Andy Lam, Founder and CEO, A&A Limited
  2. Fiona Lau, Co-founder and COO, Starling Labs Limited – SHOPLINE

Other speakers to be confirmed.

Rundown:

10:00am – 10:05am Programme starts and guests to be seated
10:05am – 11:05am Panel Discussion
11:05am – 11:15am Q&A session
11:15am – 12:15pm Networking Session
12:15pm Programme Ends

Special offer to young executives (under 35):

First time attendees of the Hong Kong Forum pay HK$ 500

Repeat visitors of the Hong Kong Forum pay HK$ 998

deadline for registration is: 18 October.

BlueMeg presented with Hong Kong Shooting Star during NHKBA Dongzhi Event 2019

Paul du Long, CTO of the Dutch-linked Start-up BlueMeg from Hong Kong, received the 2019 Hong Kong Shooting Star Award at the annual Dongzhi Event of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association at Kasteel de Wittenburg in Wassenaar on Thursday 21 November.

The award was presented on behalf of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in HK by  Mrs Annemieke Ruigrok, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions

During the event special guest Mrs Ruigrok also shared her observations and views about the current situation and developments in Hong Kong.

Other speakers at the well attended event (75 guests) were

– Mr. Hans Poulis, Chairman of the NHKBA;

– Ms. Fiona Chau, Deputy Representative of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels;

– Mr. William Chui, Director Europe of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council;

– Mr. Bart Jan Koopman, Director Evo-Fenedex; and

– Mr. Paul du Long, CTO of BlueMeg.

The seminar part was concluded with a lively question and answer session.

During the reception, guests were treated to Oysters from Zeeland and they had the chance to win a real diamond that was hidden in one of the glasses of bubbly wine that were served as part of the “Gassan Diamond Surprise“.

Chatham House Rules applied during this event.

Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed,

You can have a look at the photo gallery by clicking on the button below .

Co-organisers:

supported by:

         

Past Event: Dongzhi Event 2019

Paul du Long, CTO of the Dutch-linked Start-up BlueMeg from Hong Kong, received the 2019 Hong Kong Shooting Star Award at the annual Dongzhi Event of the Netherlands Hong Kong Business Association at Kasteel de Wittenburg in Wassenaar on Thursday 21 November.

The award was presented on behalf of the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in HK by  Mrs Annemieke Ruigrok, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions

During the event special guest Mrs Ruigrok also shared her observations and views about the current situation and developments in Hong Kong.

Other speakers at the well attended event (75 guests) were:

– Mr. Hans Poulis, Chairman of the NHKBA

– Ms. Fiona Chau, Deputy Representative of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, Brussels

– Mr. William Chui, Regional Director Europe of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council

– Mr. Bart Jan Koopman, Director Evo-Fenedex

– Mr. Paul du Long, CTO of BlueMeg

The seminar part was concluded with a lively question and answer session.

During the reception, guests were treated to Oysters from Zeeland and they had the chance to win a real diamond that was hidden in one of the glasses of bubbly wine that were served as part of the “Gassan Diamond Surprise”.

Chatham House Rules applied during this event.

Participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed,

You can have a look at the photo gallery by clicking on the button below .

This event was co-organised with:

  

And supported by: