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Proposed installation of Asia Submarine-cable Express in HK waters

     The Government proposes to allow NTT Com Asia Limited to install an optical fibre submarine cable, about 33.5 kilometres in length and 100 millimetres in diameter, within an area of approximately 1.68 hectares of foreshore and sea-bed from Tseung Kwan O to the eastern boundary of Hong Kong waters.  

     This optical fibre submarine cable is a section of the Asia Submarine-cable Express, a submarine telecommunications cable system approximately 7,200 kilometres in length to provide telecommunications services to East Asian countries and regions.

     The proposed works will include installation of the optical fibre submarine cable by the "jet ploughing" technique in deeper waters and by divers in areas near shore.  The submarine cable will be buried in a trench approximately 0.5 metres in width and at a depth of approximately five metres below the sea-bed.

     The proposed works are scheduled to commence in June for completion by October this year.

     The extent of the area affected is described in a notice published in the Government Gazette today (March 16).  

     The notice, together with its related plan, is posted on notice boards near the site. The plan can be seen and purchased on order at the Survey and Mapping Office of the Lands Department, 23/F, North Point Government Offices, 333 Java Road, North Point. It can also be seen at Sai Kung District Office, the Easthern District Office and the Southern District Office and on the Lands Department's website ( under Government Notices.

     Any person who considers that he has an interest, right or easement in or over the foreshore and sea-bed involved may submit a written objection to the Director of Lands, 20/F, North Point Government Offices, 333 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong on or before May 16. The notice of objection shall describe the interest, right or easement of the objector and the manner in which he alleges he will be affected.

Ends/Friday, March 16, 2012
Issued at HKT 15:40


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