The work under the new contract is scheduled for completion by the end of next year.
Speaking at the contract signing ceremony, director of drainage services Chan Chi-chiu said that the works under the scheme have been progressing smoothly since they began in July 2009. “Upon commissioning of the facilities, the water quality in Victoria Harbour will see further improvement,” he said.
The contract also includes the procurement of two new self-propelled marine vessels fitted with lifting cranes, and about 400 sludge containers. The marine vessels will transport dewatered sludge from Stonecutters Island sewage treatment works to other facilities for further treatment.
The operation phase, lasting up to 15 years, will start when construction works and the procurement are complete.