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Additional plant of Kai Tak district cooling system breaks ground

Jerman Cheung Jerman Cheung East Asia Press Office,Hong Kong
23 April 2021

The groundbreaking ceremony of the additional plant of Kai Tak District Cooling System (KTDCS) took place earlier this week, following the successful implementation of the previous two central cooling plants in the Kai Tak Development.

Commissioned by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) as one of the key consultants, Arup works on the design and construction of the third cooling plant, designed to cater to more demands as a result of more air-conditioned areas planned for the district.

Upon full utlisation, the entire DCS is estimated to save about 138 million kWh of electricity a year, corresponding to an annual reduction of about 96,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide emission. In addition to energy conservation and efficiency, the DCS allows each building owner to cut down on about 5-10% upfront costs for installing chiller plants in their buildings. With more floorspace saved from installing a chiller plant as well as the associated electrical and mechanical equipment, the owner can design the building in a more flexible way. This project will contribute to the sustainable development goals regarding affordable and clean energy, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, as well as climate action.

For more than two decades, Arup has been working with EMSD from concept and design to implementation of the KTDCS. The construction commencement of the additional plant marks another milestone of the DCS, an exemplar project that demonstrates our commitment and contribution to decarbonisation. We’re proud to bring one of the most important sustainable infrastructures to the city, realising the Hong Kong government’s decarbonisation roadmap and sustainability vision. ” Vincent Cheng Vincent Cheng Arup Fellow and Director of Sustainability in East Asia

The groundbreaking ceremony of the third plant of Kai Tak District Cooling System (KTDCS) ©Arup The groundbreaking ceremony of the third plant of Kai Tak District Cooling System (KTDCS) ©Arup
Vincent Cheng (second from right) attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the additional plant of Kai Tak District Cooling System.