Black & Veatch served as the contractor’s designer for the non-dredged installation. HKIA selected a project team with international, Mainland China and Hong Kong experience to excel in the science and technology innovation. “Our global experience with complex projects enhanced our collaboration with the cross-cultural project team to identify optimal solutions that meet HKIA’s requirements. These solutions include co-developing a method for long-distance drilling; designing a set of tailor-made drill pipes to support drilling to a distance of 5.2 kilometers; and developing a suitable drilling fluid and proper coating system to provide a 50-year life expectancy for the pipeline,” said Andy Kwok, Managing Director, Black & Veatch Hong Kong. The two existing aviation fuel pipelines are laid 10 meters (m) below the seabed. As parts of them lie within the land formation footprint of the airport’s future Three-runway System, a section had to be diverted to ensure the continuous supply of fuel to the airport will not be affected by reclamation works. HKIA adopted HDD to install two new 500millimeter-diameter aviation fuel pipelines in the rock stratum at 100m below seabed to replace the existing pipelines. The no-dig method met its requirements for an environmentally-friendly design that would minimize disturbance to the marine environment. Deploying the intersection construction method for long-distance drilling allowed Black & Veatch and the project team to shorten the drilling length, which effectively reduced both construction and environmental risks. The HKIA project reflects Black & Veatch’s long-term business strategy of delivering optimal solutions to complicated requirements that align to Hong Kong’s development plans. A recent example of this strategy includes the company’s appointment to address the future water demands of Lantau Island. Editor's Notes: Black & Veatch’s first projects in Hong Kong date back more than 85 years. Black & Veatch team is designing the hydraulic and water treatment systems for HKIA’s Three-runway System to be completed by 2024. The Airport Authority Hong Kong (AA) is responsible for the operation and development of HKIA. The AA is a statutory body wholly owned by the Hong Kong SAR Government. Media Contact: EMILY CHIA | +65 6761 3511 p | +65 9875 8907 m | ChiaLP@BV.com24-HOUR MEDIA HOTLINE | +1 866 496 9149 0 About Black & Veatch Black & Veatch is an employee-owned, global leader in building critical human infrastructure in Energy, Water, Telecommunications and Government Services. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries through consulting, engineering, construction, operations and program management. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media. Related Insights How are the Largest U.S. Cities Managing Rising Costs for Water and Sewer Services? According to respondents in the 2018-2019 50 Largest Cities Water & Wastewater Rate Survey, utilities are modifying how they charge for services to address revenue stability and affordability concerns. With Grid Modernization, Utilities Poised For Most Visible Transformation The annual Strategic Directions Report series offers analysis and insights into key issues and trends facing the smart cities and utilities, electric, natural gas, and water utility sectors. FLNG Solutions Prove To Be Much More Than Potential It was roughly a decade ago when the initial introduction of floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) solutions sought to help bring uneconomic gas reserves offshore, such as those in remote locations, to the market. Over the past few years, however, we’ve watched as offshore FLNG capabilities have moved closer to the mainland, offering a very flexible and economical solution to operators looking to offload their supply around the world. Four Big Trends in Gas-to-Power Hold Promise for U.S. Market Major energy shifts are afoot, and the United States will play a critical role going forward. The EIA projects that by 2022, the U.S. will become a net energy exporter, according to its newly released Annual Energy Outlook 2018. For natural gas, this shift will happen even earlier, around 2020, the EIA says. Market Strives to Deliver Over Pipeline Challenges As if the persistent low-price environment wasn’t enough, rampant natural gas production in the Appalachian and Permian Basins is ramping up concern that pipeline take-away capacity can’t keep up. This comes as the United States natural gas industry prepares to enter one of its strongest growth periods to date, driven by increasing global demand for low cost natural gas supplies and growing domestic demand for cleaner energy sources.