For that reason, the numbers are obviously not very precise. However, in the absence of any official numbers they at least give a ball-park sense of the scale of reclamation envisaged in the waters between Mui Wo and Hong Kong Island.
SLA coordinator Eddie Tse says the biggest part of the reclamation will be near Kau Yi Chau (above), the uninhabited island east of Peng Chau. He says an artificial island of roughly 800ha will be built in the sea around Kau Yi Chau. Kau Yi Chau itself appears to be undeveloped but will become a “roundabout” surrounded by flyovers for traffic between Lantau and Hong Kong.
Another 200 ha of reclamation will take place near Hei Ling Chau – the island just off Mui Wo that is currently used for a drug rehabilitation centre.
An un-named source told Apple Daily that the conclusions drawn from the model have some basis. The model shows early research in to central waters routes, taking into account water flow and fishing/hatchery areas and other issues.
Chief Executive CY Leung has described ELM as a third CBD area that will support retail, high-rise apartments and offices. Work is not envisaged to start until the early 2030s.
Despite criticisms that it is environmentally destructive and lacks an economic model, Leung has already ordered a technical feasibility study into the construction of the ELM.