EIA for Hong Kong’s First Offshore Wind Farm

BMT Asia Pacific Ltd, a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has successfully completed an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Marine Navigation Safety Risk Assessment for Hong Kong’s first offshore windfarm.

With up to 67 turbines spread over the 16 square km site, the proposed installation will have a capacity of 200 MW.

BMT concluded that a wind farm set in the open ocean of the South China Sea, 10 km east of Hong Kong, would not have a negative impact on marine or bird life, or the busy marine traffic activity of Hong Kong.

It also identified that the wind farm’s use of suction caisson foundations would avoid the need for dredging or marine piling, thereby minimizing the risk of hazardous offshore works, water pollution and ecological disturbance.

The study was commissioned by independent renewable energy developer Wind Prospect. If approved, it will be built by CLP, one of Asia’s biggest investors in renewable energy.

Richard Colwill, managing director of BMT Asia Pacific in Hong Kong, said: “This wind farm will be a key step in helping Hong Kong to meet its renewable energy targets and cut carbon dioxide emissions. The constrained land resources of Hong Kong prohibit large-scale development, so we are very pleased to have assisted the implementation of this major offshore renewable project in Asian waters.”

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