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Old September 26th, 2005, 08:36 AM   #61
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ive seen this one in megacities in national geo and its very superb!!!
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Siu Ho Wan rail to link to mega-bridge
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China Daily - Hong Kong Edition
23 November 2005

A new MTR station may be built at Siu Ho Wan in the northern part of Lantau Island as a subway link to the proposed Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge, transforming the place into a major cross-boundary transport hub.

The government said yesterday that the mega-bridge would improve connections not only between Hong Kong and Macao, but also the western part of the Pearl River region. The Highways Department and the authorities are studying the preliminary design of the bridge and its links with Lantau that will also come as a booster for the various development projects on the island.

Siu Ho Wan could become a huge park-and-ride hub with an MTR station. The MTR's Siu Ho Wan depot has been selected as potential station site and the railway has shown interest in conducting a feasibility study on the proposal.

Siu Ho Wan is the proposed location for the Lantau Logistics Park (LLP), too, which will provide a better supply chain to meet global demands and "one-stop" logistics services. The LLP will be directly accessible from the North Lantau Highway while being close to the Hong Kong International Airport and Kwai Chung container port.

Speaking at a meeting of the Legislative Council (LegCo) panel on planning, lands and works and environmental affairs yesterday, District Planning Officer of the Lantau and Islands Planning Department Phyllis Li said: "The park will make use of the sea, land and air infrastructure at the site."

The LLP is high on the priority list under the concept plan for Lantau's development proposed in October 2004. The plan aims to make Lantau a sustainable development example by striking a balance between economic activities and conservation.

About 540 written remarks on the plan were received by the government during a three-month consultation period.
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Dream project a bridge too far
Hopewell Highway says even
construction heavyweights find the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai link's $60b price tag too high

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20 October 2005
South China Morning Post

For Hopewell Highway Infrastructure, the proposed Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai Bridge - whose present price tag is $60 billion - could be a bridge too far.

The 20-year dream of chairman Sir Gordon Wu Ying-sheung to link the transport flow in the Pearl River delta with a 36km bridge and tunnel road corridor started at $15 billion.

But now, with the Guangdong and Macau governments calling on private entities to also bear the cost of the networks linking the bridge and main expressways in Guangdong province, it is enough to make anyone blanch.

"Sixty billion dollars is a huge number," Hopewell managing director Thomas Jefferson Wu said the company's annual general meeting yesterday.

The company believes only very few heavy-hitting infrastructure firms could bear such a cost. Even the Hong Kong government has estimated costs could swell to between $20 billion and $30 billion.

The eye-popping bill has cast a pall over Hopewell's efforts to find partners to compete for the bridge project, which it estimates will cost it 2.62 billion yuan, based on the assumption that its 50 per cent interest would be made up of 35 per cent equity and 65 per cent bank borrowings.

Hopewell plans to take a 50 per cent stake in the project.

The governments of Hong Kong, Guangdong province and Macau would seek approval from Beijing for the proposed Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge project, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said in his first policy paper last week.

BNP Paribas Peregrine infrastructure analyst Jim Wong said there were concerns that there would be very few players willing to take on such an ambitious and costly project.

Even an extension of the operating period from 30 years to 50 years would add little incentive and much would depend on how flexible the government could be with its toll fee policy, Mr Wong said.

"From the point of the discounted cash flow model, the value of the last 20 years of toll fee revenue would not be substantial enough to entice investors," he said.

Hopewell has enough cash to fund the project after boosting reserves to $2.44 billion, partly by arranging an unsecured syndicated loan of $3.6 billion last week. This was in addition to an operating cash inflow of more than $1 billion annually. However, the cost of the project has given the firm cold feet.

As for other projects, Hopewell has said it was still awaiting government approval to widen the 122.8km GS Superhighway to a dual five-lane expressway.

Thomas Wu said the expansion plan was now at the screening stage with local municipalities and he hoped to get the green light as soon as possible.

He forecast a 60 per cent rise in traffic flow following construction.

The total investment is estimated to be upwards of $7 billion, depending on how well Hopewell and its local partners prepared land banks in advance for future development purposes.

The GS Superhighway, the major expressway directly linking Guangzhou, Dongguan, Shenzhen and Hong Kong, is a fully lit three-lane dual expressway.
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Trying to contact Sir Gordon Wu - any clues ? Thanks

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I am trying to contact Sir Gordon Wu,, Chairman of Hopewell Holdings Limited HHL, but I can t reach him.
Do you guys have by chance any contact information regarding this person ? I am involved in a huge port remodeling project in South America and I am planning to visit HK.


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Old December 2nd, 2005, 05:20 AM   #67
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Best of luck trying to reach him. His company's website is : http://www.hopewellholdings.com/
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Old December 6th, 2005, 02:23 AM   #69
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Delta bridge target put at 54b yuan
6 December 2005
South China Morning Post

The operator of the bridge linking Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau will have to raise 54 billion yuan, says legislator Lau Kong-wah.

Speaking after meeting Huang Weihong, deputy director of the Guangdong People's Congress Standing Committee, Mr Lau said the amount would cover all reclamation and construction costs.

He said mainland authorities had agreed that the bridge would adopt the build, operate, transfer (BOT) model, under which a franchisee pays the construction costs, operates the project and returns it to the governments.

Expressing concern over this model, Mr Lau said: "I hope the BOT franchise can be lengthened, to keep the toll low."

Transport services legislator Miriam Lau Kin-yee also agreed that the BOT period had to be long enough to compensate for the expensive price tag.

The legislators are part of the Legislative Council transport panel delegation paying a visit to Guangzhou. It is the first mainland visit by a Legco panel, coming after a landmark trip by 59 lawmakers in September.
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I guess they can't built this bridge tall because of its proximity to the HK Airport?

This bridge would definitely hurt the ferry business
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Tunnel bid could sink cross-delta bridge plan
Underwater link between Zhongshan and Shenzhen backed by Guangdong
13 February 2006
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An underwater tunnel between Zhongshan and Shenzhen has been endorsed by the Guangdong government, and experts say the project could scuttle the long-awaited Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge.

A government source said provincial authorities had finished all necessary studies into the feasibility and funding of the tunnel, but were waiting to gauge the central government's reaction to the project - even though Beijing's approval is not needed - and its decision on the cross-delta bridge.

Combined with the Hong Kong-Shenzhen Western Corridor, due to be completed this year, the tunnel could greatly reduce travelling time between the relatively underdeveloped western Pearl River Delta and the more prosperous east.

A tunnel was widely seen by Guangdong academics and officials as a better alternative to the expensive and controversial Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge, and would make that project redundant, said veteran China observer Johnny Lau Yui-siu.

"It would be cheaper and easier to build. The Guangdong government has set aside money for the project. If it goes ahead, I fear the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge will no longer be necessary."

Supporters of the project say the tunnel, which would probably land in northwest Shenzhen - has many advantages over the bridge. It would cost 6 billion yuan to build, compared with $60 billion for the bridge.

It would also face fewer political and administrative obstacles, as it would run entirely within Guangdong territory. "It is within Guangdong waters so we don't need the central government's approval. And we don't have to co-ordinate with other governments," said a source familiar with the situation.

The bridge would span two special administrative regions and Guangdong. Working out how to share jurisdiction has been a headache for the authorities.

A Shenzhen academic cited the Western Corridor, which also involves a bridge, as an example of the problems involved. The National People's Congress was asked to decide which side would have jurisdiction over the bridge, and the NPC eventually ordered Shenzhen to cede control to Hong Kong.

"But the Hong Kong-Macau-Zhuhai bridge will not be so easy," the academic said. "It is much longer than the Western Corridor and involves three governments."

Guangdong academics first proposed building a bridge or underwater tunnel from Zhongshan to Shenzhen about five years ago. But the project was shelved after Hong Kong expressed an interest in building a bridge connecting the city to Zhuhai and Macau.

Estimated construction costs for the bridge have been drastically revised from the original $15 billion to nearly $60 billion.

The Macau and Guangdong governments have not expressed interest in funding it, while the Hong Kong business community is divided on the plan. These factors - and the bridge's failure to link with Shenzhen - have helped revive the tunnel proposal.

Sun Yat-sen University professor Zheng Tianxiang , a key policy adviser on the issue, said support for the underwater tunnel proposal was growing fast.

He said the Guangdong government should delay the project, however, until Beijing made a decision on the cross-delta bridge.

Mainland media have largely kept silent on the proposal as Guangdong authorities fear it might compromise their relationship with Hong Kong. "This is something we can work on, but not talk about," one official said.

But tunnel supporters believe it cannot be held back for long. One source said: "The bridge plan has dragged on for too long and will cost too much {hellip} We have to start working on alternatives."
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If this really came true, that really wasn't a good news for both HK and Macau.
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Wow the price tag for the bridge is up to $60 billion? That's outrageous, go for the tunnel.
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It's HK$60 billion though, which is about US$7 billion.
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Extra links across delta seen as posing no threat to super-bridge project
14 February 2006
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More links across the Pearl River Delta estuary would not supersede the proposed super-bridge linking Hong Kong, Zhuhai and Macau, the government says.

The comment came after the South China Morning Post reported yesterday that the Guangdong government had endorsed a plan to link Zhongshan and Shenzhen by an undersea tunnel, a scheme which some mainland analysts said might render the proposed super-bridge redundant.

A spokesman for the Environment, Transport and Works Bureau said a joint study carried out by the National Development and Reform Commission and the Hong Kong authorities in 2003 had already concluded that the estuary could accommodate three links between the two banks of the Pearl River.

"A link between Shenzhen and Zhongshan has been looked at, but the report concludes that the bridge should be given priority because of its political and economic significance," he said.

He said the advance work on the super-bridge project was progressing and all parties wished to finish the project as soon as possible.

Anthony Yeh Gar-on, from the University of Hong Kong's Centre of Urban Planning and Environmental Management, said the level of economic development in the western Pearl River Delta did not warrant an extra link at this time.

"I would be surprised if the central government now or very soon approves the link between Zhongshan and Shenzhen," he said.

He also disputed whether the provincial authority could have final say on building the tunnel, as was reported, because such a tunnel would be a national link.

"After all, there must be a co-ordinating body and that must be the central government," Professor Yeh said.

An industry source said they had heard about the tunnel project, but believed there would be no conflict between it and the bridge.

"The two have different functions. One is a link for internal flow while the other is cross-border and has a strategic role to play in the development of southern China," he said.

WWF Hong Kong conservation officer, Clarus Chu Ping-shing, said a tunnel link in the upper Pearl River estuary would pose less of a threat to the Chinese white dolphin than the super-bridge, whose habitat it would traverse.

But Green Power chief executive officer Man Chi-sum said that an undersea tunnel might destroy the river bed if it was not built with great care.
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It's HK$60 billion though, which is about US$7 billion.
Right, but the proposed tunnel was 1/10th the cost of the bridge. I'm assuming that's because the tunnel spans a shorter width of the delta.

What are the reasons given for the increase in the bridge's cost? Did surveys of the route reveal areas that'll cost more to build than anticipated?
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Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Start Construction Next Year

HONG KONG, February 28, SinoCast -- Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge and Hengqin Economic Development Zone are expected to start construction next year simultaneously, according to sources from a meeting about the planning for the eleventh Five-Year Plan period (2006-2010).

Issues about the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge project have been almost resolved, except issues of port location and environmental protection, said Chen Shan, a director of the Development and Reform Commission of Guangdong Province.

The bidding for design of the bridge will start as soon as the central government finalizes the specific location for the port. The construction is expected to start in 2007, as the design work is estimated to last almost half a year.

A total investment of CNY 55 billion in the bridge will primarily come from social capitals. The cost recovery period will vary from 15 to 20 years and is predicted to be extended with the intent to stimulate social enthusiasm.

When it comes to the Hengqin Economic Development Zone project, Mr. Chen said the preparatory work has been making significant headways, and the project has been submitted to related authorities for suggestions.

The construction of the two projects will introduce more capitals in the Pearl River Delta, Hong Kong and Macau regions into Zhuhai and the western part of the Pearl River Delta, noted a profession of Jinan University.
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Uncertainty over cost, timetable of new bridge
6 March 2006
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A difference has emerged over the cost and timetable for a bridge linking Hong Kong with Macau and Zhuhai .

The Guangdong authorities had not set a timetable and price tag for the project, the province's executive vice-governor Tang Bingquan said yesterday.

His remarks marked an apparent deviation from those of Guangdong Development and Reform Commission director-general Chen Shanru , who said two weeks ago that the provincial authorities were hoping to begin work on the bridge next year.

But Mr Tang, who attended the opening ceremony of the National People's Congress yesterday, said: "It is too early to estimate the construction cost because we are still conducting a thorough study."

He also said the provincial authorities had never mentioned when the project would start. "What we have been saying is that we are actively pushing ahead with the project."

"I think we should not act too hastily on the project although we are actively pushing ahead {hellip} We have to agree on a proposal which benefits all of the three parties."

He said 23 out of 25 topics covering the bridge studied by a taskforce comprising officials from Hong Kong, Macau and Guangdong had been completed. "What remains to be resolved are financing and the design of the immigration checkpoints on the ends of the bridge," said Mr Tang.

Asked if the Guangdong authorities had overstated the estimated construction cost of the project, he said they had never spelled out the expected price tag.
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Hui signals SAR climbdown over Zhuhai bridge customs
Carrie Chan
Hong Kong Standard
Tuesday, April 04, 2006

A hurdle in the troubled Hong Kong- Macau-Zhuhai bridge plan appears to have been overcome after Chief Secretary Rafael Hui told businessmen the SAR government will drop its proposal for a one-stop customs and immigration checkpoint for Guangdong province and the two Special Administrative Regions, a source said.

A leading member of the Business Council for the Greater Pearl River Delta, who declined to be named, said Monday that Hui told the council in a closed-door briefing that dropping the one-stop checkpoint will be a possible quick-fix solution to end the negotiating impasse.

"Hui briefed us that under `one country, two systems,' we had better cease disputes over this thorny issue and move on to a more contentious and significant issue - financing," the member said.

According to the Hong Kong No2, who also chairs the Hong Kong and Guangdong Joint Cooperation Committee, officials from the three sides had discussed a uniform checkpoint to ensure smooth processing of travelers and cargo.

"But talks were impeded as huge differences arising from distinct customs entities and immigration regimes of the three places," the member added.

Hui told the closed-door committee Monday that time would be better spent on narrowing differences over financing.

"The chief secretary also told the committee that Hong Kong should be aware of lagging behind developments in Guangdong and booming tourism in Macau," the member said.

" Members were warned that circumstances are turning unfavorable for Hong Kong, which risks being marginalized by the mainland's rapid development. It is more disturbing to see some Guangdong provincial leaders less interested in the bridge plan than investing in other projects in the province."

In the briefing Hui did not go into detail how to split the bill for the giant bridge. He said that it will require arduous deliberations by the Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau officials, the member said.

Victor Fung, who chairs the Airport Authority and the Business Council for the Greater Pearl River Delta, declined to disclose how to tackle the problems confronting the bridge plan but stressed the project should proceed as soon as possible.

" I am confident everything will be settled in the end. Things are getting better now and will move on in the near future," Fung said.

Despite speculation that the bridge might be shelved because of the huge construction costs, Macau Chief Executive Edmund Ho unveiled an alternative proposal last Saturday to a visiting delegation of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong. According to Ho, a plausible option to end the financing dispute is to drop the idea of a fair split.

Rather, Ho told the visiting DAB lawmakers an uneven split would be a way out of the deadlock. He elaborated that each side might be required to pay a different amount for some part of the bridge lying in its domain with an additional bill for other related road links and public works.

A plan for a one-stop checkpoint for the Western Corridor has also been presented to Shenzhen authorities.

"It would be a price to pay for the expediency of building the bridge by sacrificing a unified regime for customs clearance and immigration control," the council member said.

Meanwhile, Fung said the council has assigned Trade Development Council chief executive Fred Lam to lead a policy research project on the industrial transformation of the western Pearl River Delta from labor-intensive manufacturing to heavy industries.

Tung Chee-sing, former chairman of the Hong Kong General Commerce of Chamber, will also launch a study on exploring opportunities to shift industries from the well-developed east bank to the less-developed west bank.
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