Demolished / No longer exists
Date closed / demolished
Position is approximate.
Names of this Place over the years:
- 1936: Texaco New Depot (Plate 2-10, Mapping Hong Kong)
- 1979: Oil Depot (Hong kong Streets & Places, Vol 2.)
It is a residential area now. I'm not sure when it was re-developed.
There is still a Texaco Road in the area, as a reminder of this.
It was remained till 1983 and
It was remained till mid-1980s, when it was demolished in 1986 to make way for now-Riviera Gardens in 1988, as the Chinese description of Caltex's Facebook page suggested.
Texaco Oil Depot in 1973
Texaco Oil Depot in Kwai Chung in 1973. To its south is the Rambler Channel typhoon shelter and Gin Drinker's controlled tip.
I'll set the completion &
I'll set the completion & demolition dates based on the Facebook page Rabbit links to above.
Re: 1983 map of the area
I happen to have the 3rd edition (1983) of Hong Kong Streets & Places Vol 2, Kowloon & The New Territories. There were Oil Depots on both sides of the channel there.
Thanks & Best Regards,
CRC and Texaco Oil Depots
Below is a photo from public library that shows CRC and Texaco oil depots on both sides of Rambler Channel. I am not sure when the photo was taken, but your map of 1983 indicates their existence. Thanks.
Fascinating Oil Depots
The big oil companies obtained direct Private Treaty Grants from the Government to establish their oil depots along isolated seashore areas as a special industry land-use. These sites were usually accessible by sea away from residential areas.
When more land was needed to develop more residential areas, these oil depots became the focus of the realty developers. They provide excellent site with sea view. The oil companies sold the depots, and got their capital to re-locate the depots further away from town as a result of urbanization. Again they obtained another direct Private Treaty Grants.
Successful examples of the past are:-
Mei Foo (Mobil) oil depot became “Mei Foo Sun Chuen” in Lai Chi Kok in 1978.
Texaco oil depot became “Riviera Gardens” in Kwai Chung in 1988.
Shell oil depot became “Harbour Heights Tower” in North Point in 1988.
Shell oil depot became “Laguna City” in Yau Tong in 1990.
Shell (?) oil depot became “South Horizons” in Aplichu in 1991.
CRC oil depot became “Villa Esplanada” in Tsing Yi in 1998.
Mei Foo oil depot became “Rambler Crest” in Tsing Yi in 2003.
The present day oil depots are relocated to the west and south shore of Tsing Yi Island. Who knows one day they will become another luxurious residential development?
Re: Shell/South Horizons
I remember Shell is one of the four partners of the South Horizons Development.
Thanks & Best Regards,
Mei Foo Sun Chuen
"Names of Buildings" Volume I issued by the Rating and Valuation Dept (2014) indicated that the occupation date of Mei Foo Sun Chuen is 1978. Wiki said Mei Foo Sun Chuen was developed in 8 Phases, from 1965 till 1978.
I am in possession of a photo taken in 1968 which shows the completion of Mei Foo Sun Chuen in early phases near the Lai Chi Kok Bay.