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CKI Signs RMB 150M Contracts for Yueyang Water Plants
- Strengthens Investment Portfolio in Hunan Province -


6 May, 1998 - Hong Kong

There is a saying that Dongting Lake is the most beautiful lake and Yueyang Tower is the most magnificent structure in Southern China. Perhaps because of this, Dongting Lake is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Hunan Province, with millions of tourists visiting the lake every year. The lake also supplies water to a water treatment plant in Yueyang City, which is one of two plants in the city in which Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited (CKI) has signed contracts to invest.

Dongting Lake is one of the most famous lakes in China. Yueyang Tower - which was built on the shores of the lake approximately 1,700 years ago during the era of the Three Kingdoms - is the only one of three famous architectural pieces in Southern China which remains in its original, pristine condition. The beauty of Dongting Lake and Yueyang Tower has been immortalized by poets and intellectuals throughout Chinese history, and Fan Zhoungyan's "Scripture of Yueyang Tower" is one of the most renowned tributes.

In addition to Dongting Lake, another source of water supply for the two plants is the Pieshan Reservoir. CKI has a 49% interest in the RMB 150 million projects, for a total CKI investment of RMB 73.5 million. CKI's joint venture partner in this project is the only local water supply company in Yueyang City, and the joint venture period will last for 18 years.

The two plants represent the only water processing facilities in Yueyang City. Each of the two plants has a water processing capacity of 200,000 tonnes per day, for a total processing capacity of 400,000 tonnes per day. Both plants are currently operational - one has been in operation for over ten years, while the other became operational in 1994. The two plants employ the latest in water processing technology, with computerized systems imported from the United States.

Located in the Northeast section of the province, Yueyang is one of the largest cities in Hunan. Yueyang is rich in cultural and historical significance, and is also the only major city on the banks of the Yangtze River in Hunan - which makes it vital to the province's economy. With a population of about 5 million, the city's major industries include petrochemicals, food processing, textiles and tourism.

Mr H L Kam, Group Managing Director of Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Ltd., explained, "These two water plants in Yueyang represent CKI's first batch of water plants in Hunan Province and the Central/Western region - marking a new milestone for the diversification of our investments in the area."

Mr Kam continued, "Each of our projects in the Central/Western region has a unique historical, cultural or geographical significance. Water for these plants in Yueyang is supplied by local lakes and reservoirs. The Changsha Wujialing and Wuyilu Bridges, also in Hunan province, cross the Xiangjiang river, which runs through the provincial capital. The Qinyang power plants in Henan Province supplies primarily to aluminum producers - a resource rich in that province. The Zhumadian sections of National Highway 107 in Henan Province are located at the site of a historical horse changing station, which is now a major transportation hub. The Huang Jin Bridge in Hubei Province is set to become a major means of transportation for traffic through the Wuhan region. Finally, the Yichang Yiling Yangtze Bridge, also in Hubei, serves as a transportation hub for the construction of the Three Gorges Dam."

"We have been strategically building our portfolio of infrastructure investments in China's Central/Western region, as we believe in the economic potential of this area of the country. We will continue to follow our clustering strategy to further develop our portfolio in this region - whether these projects are in our core businesses of energy, infrastructure materials and transportation, or in new business areas such as water," concluded Mr Kam.


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