Contents

executive summary                                                          

1                      Introduction                                                                          

1.1                   Purpose of the Report                                                     

1.2                   Structure of the Report                                                

2                      Project Information                                                          

2.1                   Background                                                                           

2.2                   Works Programme and Works Locations              

2.3                   Construction Activities                                                   

2.4                   Status of Environmental Approval Documents 

3                      Environmental Monitoring                                             

3.1                   Cable Installation Water Quality Monitoring    

3.2                   Marine Mammal Observation (MMO)                             

3.3                   Coral Monitoring                                                                

3.4                   Site Inspection and Audit                                                 

4                      Site Inspection Results                                                    

5                      Environmental Non-Conformance                             

5.1                   Summary of Environmental Non-compliance        

5.2                   Summary of Environmental Complaint                    

5.3                   Summary of Environmental Summon and successful prosecution     

6                      Future Key Issues                                                                

6.1                   Key Issues for the Next Reporting Period Error! Bookmark not defined.

6.2                   Monitoring Schedule for the Next Reporting Period    

7                      Conclusions                                                                           

 


LIST OF TABLES

 

Table 2.1        Summary of Landing Point Construction Activities Undertaken during Reporting Period

Table 2.2        Summary of Current Environmental Licensing, Notification and Permit Status

Table 6.1        Construction Works to Be Taken For the Next Reporting Period

 

 

LIST OF ANNEXES

 

Annex A         Proposed ASE Submarine Cable System (Layout Plan)

Annex B         Location of ASE Landing Point and Terrestrial Cable Route

Annex C         Completed Site Inspection Log

Annex D         Photographic Records on Site

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

NTT Com Asia (NTTCA) proposes to install a telecommunication cable (Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) cable) of approximately 7,200 km in length, connecting Japan and Singapore with branches to the Philippines, Hong Kong SAR (HKSAR) and Malaysia.  A Project Profile (PP-452/2011) which includes an assessment of the potential environmental impacts associated with the installation of the submarine telecommunications cable system was prepared and submitted to the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) under section 5. (1)(b) and 5.(11) of the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (EIAO) for the application for Permission to apply directly for Environmental Permit (EP).  The Environmental Protection Department, subsequently issued an Environmental Permit (EP- 433/2011). 

This is the Fifteenth Weekly Site Inspection Report that presents the findings of the site inspection and other EM&A activities undertaken during the period from 29 April 2013 to 5 May 2013.  

Environmental Site Inspection

A weekly environmental site inspection was carried out by the representative of the Environmental Team (ET).  Environmental performance complied with the environmental requirements and all necessary mitigation measures were properly implemented.

Environmental Complaints, Non-compliance & Summons

No non-compliance with PP recommendations, EP conditions and other requirements associated with the construction of the Project was recorded in the reporting period.

No environmental complaint was received in this reporting period.

No environmental summons was received in this reporting period.

Upcoming Works for the Next Reporting Period

It is advised that all the construction works of this project have been completed, no further weekly site inspection will be carried out.

1                                              Introduction

ERM-Hong Kong, Limited (ERM) was appointed by NTT Com Asia (NTTCA) as the Environmental Team to conduct regular site inspections and audit the implementation of all environmental monitoring and mitigation measures recommended in the Project Profile (PP) (Register No. PP – 452/2011) for the Proposed Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) – Tseung Kwan O (the Project).

1.1                                        Purpose of the Report

This is the Fifteenth Weekly Site Inspection Report (the Report), which summarises the inspection findings for the period from 29 April 2013 to 5 May 2013 and the implementation status of the EM&A recommendations on environmental protection and pollution control mitigation measures and monitoring.

1.2                                        Structure of the Report

The structure of the Report is as follows:

Section 1 :  Introduction

Details the scope and structure of the Report.

Section 2 :  Project Information

Summarises background and scope of the Project, site description, construction programme, the construction works undertaken and the status of Environmental Permits/Licenses during the reporting period.

Section 3 :  Environmental Monitoring

Summarises the monitoring programmes as recommended in the PP and the monitoring undertaken during the reporting period.

Section 4 :  Site Inspection Results

Summarises the findings of the weekly site inspection undertaken within the reporting period.

Section 5 :  Environmental Non-conformance

Summarises any exceedances of environmental performance standard, environmental complaints and environmental summons received within the reporting period.

Section 6 :  Upcoming Works for the Next Reporting Period

Summarises the impact forecast and monitoring schedule for the next reporting week.

Section 7 :  Conclusions

2                                              Project Information

2.1                                        Background

NTT Com Asia (NTTCA) proposes to install a telecommunication cable (Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) cable) of approximately 7,200 km in length, connecting Japan and Singapore with branches to the Philippines, Hong Kong SAR (HKSAR) and Malaysia.  NTTCA is responsible for securing the approval to land the ASE cable in Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong SAR (HKSAR).  The proposed landing site will be at a new Beach Manhole (BMH) and ultimately connect with a Data Centre in Tseung Kwan O (TKO) Industrial Estate which is scheduled for completion in 2012.  From Tseung Kwan O, the cable will extend eastward approaching the Tathong Channel.  Near to Cape Collinson, the cable is approximately parallel to the Tathong Channel until north of Waglan Island where the cable travels eastward to the boundary of HKSAR waters where it enters the South China Sea.  The total length of cable in Hong Kong SAR waters is approximately 33.5 km.  A map of the proposed cable route is presented in Annex A.

A Project Profile (PP-452/2011) which includes an assessment of the potential environmental impacts associated with the installation of the submarine telecommunications cable system was prepared and submitted to the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) under section 5.(1)(b) and 5.(11) of the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (EIAO) for the application for Permission to apply directly for Environmental Permit (EP).  The Environmental Protection Department, subsequently issued an Environmental Permit (EP- 433/2011). 

Under the requirements of Condition 2.4 of the EP, an EM&A programme as set out in the revised Environmental Monitoring and Audit Manual (EM&A Manual) is required to be implemented.  The EM&A programme includes water quality monitoring, marine mammal observation, coral monitoring and weekly site inspection. 

2.2                                        Works Programme and Works Locations

The location of the cable installation works within the boundary of Hong Kong SAR waters is shown in Annex A, while the location of the landing point (ie new Beach Manhole (BMH) in TKO Industrial Estate) is shown in Annex B.

2.3                                        Construction Activities

Submarine Cable Installation

Starting from 8 October 2012, the submarine-cable laying works in Zone A, Zone B and Zone C have been largely finished and the installation barge reached the boundary of Hong Kong marine waters on 24 October 2012.  All marine works associated with the Project were finished in late January 2013.      

Landing Point Construction

The construction works of the landing point, which included the beach manholes and the land duct, commenced on 4 October 2012, and were completed in late December of 2012, dismantlement of the site hoarding fence were completed in late February.  During the reporting period, BMH fences construction work was conducted and was completed on 3 May 2013 (Table 2.1). 

Table 2.1        Summary of Landing Point Construction Activities Undertaken during Reporting Period

Construction Activities Undertaken

·         Construction of new Beach Manholes (BMH) fences

2.4                                        Status of Environmental Approval Documents

A summary of the relevant permits, licences, and/or notifications on environmental protection for this Project is presented in Table 2.2.

Table 2.2        Summary of Current Environmental Licensing, Notification and Permit Status

Permit/ Licences/ Notification

Reference

Validity Period

Remarks

Environmental Permit

EP-433/2011

Throughout the construction and operation of the Project

Permit granted on 20 December 2011

 

 

Construction Noise Permit

GW-RE0774-12

18 Sep 2012 – 31 Jan 2013

Permits granted on using of registered powered mechanical equipment for 07:00-23:00 hrs on general holidays (including Sundays) and 19:00-23:00 hrs on any day not being a general holiday for Sub-marine cable laying works of the Project

3                                              Environmental Monitoring

3.1                                        Cable Installation Water Quality Monitoring

As all marine works of the Project were finished in late January 2013, post project water quality monitoring in Zone A, Zone B and Zone C was conducted in February 2013.  Post Project Water Quality Monitoring Reporting summarizing the findings of the water quality monitoring in the three zones were submitted on 28 February 2013.

3.2                                        Marine Mammal Observation (MMO)

Daily marine mammal exclusion zone monitoring is required to be conducted during the cable installation works taking place in daylight hours along the sections outside Zone A to Zone B (ie Zone C and from C to the boundary of HKSAR waters).  This monitoring was completed on 24 October 2012.

3.3                                        Coral Monitoring

Post-project coral monitoring was conducted within one month after completion of the marine works of the Project in late January.  The Post-Project Coral Monitoring Survey Report was submitted to EPD and AFCD on 28 February 2013.

3.4                                        Site Inspection and Audit

In accordance with the revised EM&A Manual, a weekly site inspection should be undertaken at the landing point (ie new Beach Manhole (BMH) in TKO Industrial Estate) to ensure that the appropriate environmental protection and pollution control mitigation measures are properly implemented in accordance with the Project Profile (PP-452/2011).  Results of the site inspection in the reporting period are provided in Section 4.

4                                              Site Inspection Results

The weekly site inspection is required to be carried out by the representative of the Contractor and the Environmental Team (ET).  A Site Inspection Log was completed by the ET representative to record whether the Contractor is compliant with environmental regulations in terms of noise, water quality and housekeeping etc. (Annex C).

During the reporting period, the site inspection was conducted on 3 May 2013.  Construction works for the new beach manhole fence has been completed.  (Annex D Photos Nos. 2). There was no non-compliance recorded during the site audit. 

5                                              Environmental Non-Conformance

5.1                                        Summary of Environmental Non-compliance

No non-compliance of PP/ EM&A/ EP/ legislative requirements was recorded during the reporting period.

5.2                                        Summary of Environmental Complaint

No complaint was received during the reporting period. 

5.3                                        Summary of Environmental Summon and successful prosecution

No summons was received during the reporting period.

6                                              Future Key Issues

6.1                                        Monitoring Schedule for the Next Reporting Period

All of the construction works have been completed.  No further inspection will be required.

 

7                                              Conclusions

This Fifteenth Weekly Site Inspection Report presents the findings of the site inspection and other EM&A activities undertaken during the period from 29 April 2013 to 5 May 2013, in accordance with the PP (Register No. PP – 452/2011), revised EM&A Manual and the requirements of Environmental Permit (EP- 433/2011). 

A weekly environmental site inspection was conducted on 3 May 2013 during the reporting period.  It confirmed that the environmental mitigation measures recommended in the PP were properly implemented by the Contractor.

No non-compliance event was recorded during the reporting period.

No complaint and summons/prosecution was received during the reporting period.

It is advised that all the construction works of this project have been completed, no further weekly site inspection will be carried out.