Lok On Pai desalination plant [1975-1991] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Lok On Pai desalination plant [1975-1991]

Current condition: 
Demolished / No longer exists
Date Place completed: 
c.1975-01-01 (Month, Day are approximate)
Date Place demolished: 
c.1991-12-31 (Month, Day are approximate)

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From the wsd.gov.hk website:

1975 The first of the six 30,300 cubic metre-a-day units of the Lok On Pai Desalter came into operation.
1982 Shut down and moth-balling of Lok On Pai Desalting Plant.
1991 Lok On Pai Desalting plant demolished.

Main reason for the closing was the price of oil that shot up in the late 1970's  ("Oil Crisis"). 

The Hong Government's year book Hong Kong 1983 reported that when the desalting plant was in use during 1982, it could produce 182,000 cubic metres of water a day. That gives a theoretical annual output of 66 million cubic metres of drinking water.

The total consumption of drinking water in 1982 was 518 million cubic metres, so the desalting plant could provide over one tenth of that.

More information on the plant can be found in a booklet here.