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CEM: Morais land to be handed back to government

The city’s electricity supplier indicated that it has gradually commenced clearance of the Morais power station, announcing it will transfer the plot to the gov’t in the second half of next year

The Macao Power Station located on Avenida de Venceslau de Morais will be vacated by the second half of 2018, said Bernie Leong, chairman of CEM – Companhia de Electricidade de Macau – Executive Committee on the sidelines of the Media Spring Luncheon hosted by CEM.
The chairman indicated that clearance procedures had gradually commenced, with preliminary stages such as soil treatment.
The government announced last Summer that the land plot where the power station is currently located will be used for public housing, social facilities and a government complex.
The removal of the current station’s chimney, which is one of the primary focuses of the environmental assessment, was green-lighted by the Environmental Protection Bureau last year.
Mr. Leong confirmed that the removal of the chimney will be undertaken gradually by the end of this year.
Meanwhile, the local sole electricity supplier will carry out the construction of the third interconnection for the importation from China Southern Power Grid, which will increase the total capacity by 33 per cent once the newly built circuits commence serving.
The construction of the third interconnection, said Mr. Leong, has yet to begin, but he commented that the location of the interconnection has been decided – from Zhuhai Yantang main substation, passing through Hengqin Shizimen Waterway to the Intersection of Avenida dos Jogos da Asia Oriental and Estrada Governador Albano de Oliveira in Taipa (near the Macau Roosevelt), ending in Pac On main substation.
The total length of the interconnection is about 7 kilometres.
“The construction [of the third interconnection] will start within this year,” said the chairman. “We wish to launch the new circuit in 2019.”
With much of the many road constructions related to CEM, the chairman affirmed it will co-ordinate with other public construction projects in order to reduce inconvenience. He also revealed that the station for the new circuits will cost from MOP400 million (US$50 million) to MOP500 million.

Eco-friendly station on the way
In order to reduce emissions from supplying electricity, CEM is planning to establish a new power station with gas turbine engines.
Mr. Leong revealed that it has negotiated with the government on several occasions, saying that a safety testing report is required.
“We wish to submit the [safety testing] report to the government in a month’s time and wish to receive a response within this year,” said Mr. Leong.
Meanwhile, CEM revealed its intention to increase the percentage of local electricity supply, although Mr. Leong said the supply would not exceed 20 to 30 per cent even once the new station is operational.
In other words, 70 per cent of electricity will still need to be imported from Mainland China, the CEM chairman concluded.