Stakeholder Liaison Group

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>> Background
To support the increased use of natural gas in Hong Kong, Castle Peak Power Company Limited (CAPCO) and The Hongkong Electric Company, Limited (HK Electric) have identified that the development of an offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Hong Kong using Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) technology (Hong Kong Offshore LNG Terminal Project or Project) presents a viable additional gas supply option that will provide energy security through access to competitive gas supplies from world markets. The Project will involve the construction and operation of an offshore LNG import facility to be located in the southern waters of Hong Kong, a double berth jetty, and subsea pipelines that connect to the gas receiving stations (GRS) at the Black Point Power Station (BPPS) and the Lamma Power Station (LPS).

The locations of the key components of the Project are shown in Figure 1.1.
Figure 1.1 Indicative Location of Key Project Components
Figure 1.1	Indicative Location of Key Project Components

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report for the Project was submitted to the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government in May 2018. The EIA Report (EIAO Register No. AEIAR-218/2018) was approved by EPD and the associated Environmental Permit (EP) (EP-558/2018) was issued in October 2018. An application for a Further Environmental Permits (FEP) was made on 24 December 2019 to demarcate the works between the different parties. The following FEPs were issued on 17 January 2020:(i) the double berth jetty at LNG Terminal under the Hong Kong LNG Terminal Limited (HKLTL), joint venture between CAPCO and HK Electric (FEP-01/558/2018); (ii) the subsea gas pipeline for the BPPS and the associated GRS in the BPPS under CAPCO (FEP-03/558/2018); and (iii) the subsea gas pipeline for the LPS and the associated GRS in the LPS under HK Electric (FEP-02/558/2018).

A Stakeholder Liaison Group (SLG) comprising relevant experts and stakeholders shall be set up in accordance with Condition 2.3 of the Further Environmental Permits of the Project (Permit Nos. FEP-01/558/2018, FEP-02/558/2018 and FEP-03/558/2018):

“To enhance transparency and communication with the public, the Permit Holder shall, no later than 2 weeks before the commencement of construction of the Project, set up a Stakeholders Liaison Group comprising relevant experts and stakeholders to facilitate communications, enquiries and complaints handling on environmental issues related to the Project. The Permit Holder shall disseminate information to the Stakeholders Liaison Group and promote cooperation and participation of the stakeholders. Relevant information of the Project including the detailed design, construction progress, operation plan and environmental monitoring and audit results shall be provided to the Stakeholders Liaison Group. The Permit Holder shall inform the Director in writing the membership and terms of reference of the Stakeholders Liaison Group. The Permit Holder shall make the papers and documents prepared for the group and minutes of the group meetings available to the public through a website.”

>> SLG Objectives
  • to enhance transparency and communication with the public by providing an advisory forum for relevant experts and stakeholders to advise on the detailed design, construction progress, operation plan and environmental monitoring and audit results of the Project;
  • to facilitate communications, enquiries and complaints handling with the public on environmental issues related to the Project;
  • to promote cooperation and participation of the stakeholders.