Sludge treatment facility opens

Chief Executive CY Leung today opened T•PARK, Hong Kong's first self-sustained sludge treatment facility, marking a significant step forward in the city's waste-to-energy journey.

One of the most technologically advanced facilities of its kind in the world, the park in Tsang Tsui near Tuen Mun combines advanced technologies into a single complex, bringing together sludge incinerators that can treat up to 2,000 tonnes of waste per day.

It also comprises power generation, desalination, educational and ecological facilities.

T•PARK’s advanced incineration system can reduce sludge by 90%, thereby substantially reducing landfill loading.

The heat generated during incineration can be recovered for electricity generation to meet on-site needs while surplus electricity generated can meet the needs of up to 4,000 households.

The heat energy recovered from the incineration also warms three spa pools in the park.

Secretary for the Environment KS Wong said at the opening the "T" in T•PARK stands for "transformation" of waste into energy, which is a key part of Hong Kong’s waste management strategy.

He called on the people to work together to combat climate change through energy saving and waste reduction to build a low-carbon city.

The park also treats and reuses wastewater for irrigation, flushing and cleaning purposes. Its seawater desalination plant produces fresh water for use on-site while rainwater collected is for non-potable use.

The park, together with Stage 2A of the Harbour Area Treatment Scheme, won the distinction award in Wastewater Project of the Year at the Global Water Awards in April. It was also won the Grand Award in this year's Structural Excellence Awards by the Institution of Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers.

People are welcome to visit the park’s green features, as well as its educational and leisure facilities that include a landscaped garden with five themes, a roof garden and a wetland habitat for wildlife. Guided tours are also available upon reservation.