Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Ordinance, Cap 499
Application of Permission to Apply Directly for Environmental Permit
Application No.: DIR-053/2001
Project Title: Submarine Cable Landing Installation at Tuen Mun for HGO Optical Fibre Submarine Cable System between Tuen Mun and Chek Lap Kok
Date of the Director's Permission: 9 June 2001
Conditions Imposed under Section 5(12) of the Ordinance
For Permission to Apply Directly for Environmental Permit
1. All measures described in the Project Profile submitted by the Applicant on 19 April 2001 shall be fully implemented.
2. The applicant shall submit, prior to or at the same time as application for Environmental Permit, a plan (within the boundary of the Hong Kong SAR) with reference coordinates, showing the alignment of the proposed cable routing.
3. Silt curtain shall be installed at the cable landing point at Tuen Mun to minimize the water quality impact. The Applicant shall submit, prior to or at the same time as application for Environmental Permit, the detailed design of the proposed silt curtain for the Director of Environment Protection's (the Director) agreement.
4. The applicant shall provide, prior to or at the same time as application for Environmental Permit, a contingency plan which describes the actions to be taken in case dredging operation at Tuen Mun landing point causes adverse impact to the Butterfly beach.
5. The applicant shall conduct a Marine Archaeological Investigation (MAI) according to Guidelines for Marine Archaeological Investigation (attached) and shall deposit, prior to or at the same time as application for Environmental Permit, the result of the MAI to the Director. The MAI shall be carried out by a qualified marine archaeologist. In any event, the HGC's submarine cables shall not be placed on top or within 10 m of any detected bottom anomaly.
6. No marine works for the initial 500m of cable from Tuen Mun Landing Point (TM1) shall be carried out during the bathing season from 1 March to 30 October inclusive.
7. Dredging works for cable laying operation shall only be carried out during the spring season from 1 January to 28 February inclusive.
Under section 17 of the EIA Ordinance, the applicant may appeal to the Appeal Board against any of the above conditions within 30 days of the receipt of this notice of the Director's decision.
Environmental Protection Department