Press Release

CEM holds press conference to elaborate cable laying projects for enhancing the stability of power grid

Macau, 20 May 2015

CEM held a press conference at CEM Building on 20 May to introduce the upcoming roadwork to be carried out at Areia Preta and Toi San areas for the sake of maintaining stable power supply in Macau, hope citizens understand the necessity and importance of conducting the roadwork. Representatives attended the press conference included Transport Bureau Coordination Division Traffic Management Department Acting Chief Leong Kei Yiu, Engineer Chong Chi Keong, CEM Communications and Public Affairs Office Senior Manager Cecilia Nip, Network Construction Network Planning, Design and Construction Department Senior Engineer Ernesto do Rosário and Engineer Gabriel Chan, etc.

To tie in with the rapid development of Macau and the increasing electricity demand, CEM needs to expand and reinforce the 66kV high-voltage power network in order to further upgrade the transmission and distribution power network as well as to provide Macau with secure and reliable power supply in meeting the future growth of electricity consumption.

At the press conference, Ernesto do Rosário introduced to media that the whole 66 kV high-voltage power network expansion and reinforcement project. The project will begin at end of May by phases, including two main parts – road excavation and cable laying in Areia Preta and Toi San areas respectively. Affected locations include Estrada do Arco, Istmo de Ferreira do Amaral, Avenida de Tamagnini Barbosa, Rua do Templo Lin Fong, Rua Central de Toi San, Avenida 1º. de Maio, Avenida do Nordeste, Rua do Canal Novo, Rua do Mau Kau Sea and Rua Nova da Areia Preta. The whole project will be completed by middle of July.

To minimize the impact caused by road excavation, CEM will commission four contractors to operate simultaneously to shorten the project duration. Besides, CEM has been working closely in coordination with relevant departments of Macau SAR Government.

To meet the construction needs, there will be temporary traffic restrictions in the above mentioned affected streets. Motor parking and meter parking spaces as well as the loading and unloading areas in those streets will be adjusted or temporarily closed.

In response to the construction need at Avenida 1º. de Maio, the “Avenida 1º. de Maio / Kuong Wa” bus stop will be suspended and the cable laying works at Estrada do Arco will be started in June. During the working period, one-way traffic will be implemented at Estrada do Arco, which means that motorists can only travel to Ilha Verde direction on this street. In terms of bus arrangement, bus routes going to Northeast direction with bus numbers of 1A, 7, 7A, 28B and 28BX will be diverted to Avenida de Artur Tamagnini Barbosa and temporarily stop at “Istmo de Ferreira do Amaral / Jardim Triangular” bus stop. In addition, “Jardim Triangular” and “Estrada do Arco” bus stops will be suspended. Transport Bureau will closely monitor the project progress and announce temporary traffic arrangement during different phases in due course. Transport Bureau also advises citizens and motorists to be aware of the above traffic arrangement and leave home early. The above mentioned temporary traffic arrangement may impose traffic press to Avenida do Conselheiro Borja and Avenida de Artur Tamagnini Barbosa, thus Transport Bureau has already coordinated with police force. Polices will be sent to the relevant roads to divert traffic during peak hours. At the meantime, Transport Bureau has been coordinating the construction projects of local concession companies including water, electricity, telecommunication, fiber and other pipelines laying through the interdepartmental roadwork coordination mechanism to comply the principle of avoiding repeated road excavation.

Representatives from CEM and Transport Bureau also recently visited the two major associations in northern district, General Residents Association Macau Northern District Office and Aliança de Povo de Instituição de Macau, to explain the importance of the project in detail, affected areas and related temporary traffic measures. Through the assistance of the two associations, CEM hopes that coordination works can be done more properly in the district.

CEM always attaches great importance to the quality of power supply and strives to improve infrastructures to provide reliable, secure, and stable supply to Macau citizens. CEM apologizes for any inconvenience caused to the citizens and customers during the project working period. Road excavation is often unavoidable for the construction and maintenance of power grid, hoping to have the citizens’ tolerance and understanding.