Hong Kong's 7.3 million residents rely on the WSD for safe, reliable drinking water. Black & Veatch is responsible for assessing the condition of the reservoirs at the heart of the WSD’s operations. "Hong Kong has no natural lakes, rivers or major groundwater resources, making effective management of the region's reservoirs paramount," said Andy Kwok, Managing Director, Black & Veatch Hong Kong. "We know these assets well, having helped engineer the impounding reservoirs during the 1930s. It is gratifying to continue our role in their safe operation," Kwok added. Black & Veatch will be conducting the formal independent inspection of 63 service reservoirs and six impounding reservoirs. Choosing Black & Veatch provides continuity in the management of this critical infrastructure; since 2000 the company has had a role in safety reviews for the WSD's small and large service reservoirs or impounding reservoirs. The latest work will include quantitative landslip risk assessment (QRA) of slopes surrounding the service reservoirs, which will be conducted in parallel with the reservoir inspections. Black & Veatch inspectors, including those from the UK All Reservoirs Panel, will undertake the work in conjunction with professionals from the company's Hong Kong office. Since the first Hong Kong dam project, more than 85 years ago, Black & Veatch has helped engineer the Special Administrative Region's impounding reservoirs. More recently the company has helped the WSD explore the assets' renewable energy potential, through a feasibility study to explore the installation of floating solar panels. Like the dam inspection work, the floating solar panel project was a successful collaboration between Black & Veatch's Hong Kong and UK experts. Editor’s Notes: Black & Veatch has played an integral role in developing Hong Kong water supply since 1930. The company continues to work on a number of flagship water projects in Hong Kong including the design of Hong Kong’s first reverse osmosis desalination plant at Tseung Kwan O and the development of a sustainable design to reduce the burden on fresh water and use of energy at the expansion of Hong Kong International Airport. The company performed the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th cycles of the small reservoirs safety review assignments, and the 7th cycle of the large service reservoirs and impounding reservoirs safety reviews. The latest cycle of work will last 60 months. Black & Veatch helped to develop the QRA methodology with the WSD in the course of a separate assignment. Download a photo of a Hong Kong reservoir here Media Contact Information: MALCOLM HALLSWORTH | +44 1737 856594 p | +44 7920 701764 m | HallsworthM@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 2017 were US$3.4 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and in social media. Related Insights 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. Southeast Asia’s Journey Toward a Cleaner Energy Future Strong economic growth, low gas prices and environmental goals are transforming natural gas demand in Southeast Asia.