An environment-friendly power plant has begun operation in the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) to address the tipped growth of electricity power demand in the coming decade.
Macao's Chief Executive Edmund Ho Hau Wah on Tuesday attended the inauguration ceremony of the combined-cycle power generating unit in the B Power Plant, which sits on a patch of land reclaimedfrom the sea on the Coloane Island of Macao.
It has been the largest power construction project undertaken by the SAR government, which cost 1.2 billion patacas (150 millionUS dollars).
Situated beside the A Power Plant of the Macao Electricity Co. Ltd. (CEM), the new gas-fueled power plant has a capacity of adding 136 megawatts of electricity power, or a 38 percent growth in Macao's total power supply.
The CEM authorities said that in addition to retaining high efficiency and stability in operation, the new plant is built intoan environment-friendly one that lowers to the minimum its impact on neighboring environment, which includes the Macao InternationalAirport.
To reach the goal, the CEM is pouring another 220 million patacas (26 million dollars) to introduce advanced recycling technology to timely reduce waste and a large incinerator to handle the final waste and impose a strict system on environment protection at the plant.
Besides the power supply generated by CEM, Macao also depends one tenth of its power demand on electricity transmission from neighboring Zhuhai city of south China's Guangdong Province through an underwater cable. Construction of the second cable linebegan at the Macao side earlier this week, which is expected to fuel the economic development of Taipa and Coloane islands of Macao upon completion in May. The two cable lines will connect thepower grid in Macao with the south China power grid to further enhance the SAR's economic strength.