By Jonathan Ng, Far East District Section (FEDS) Membership Manager
IGEM President Steve Edwards and CEO Neil Atkinson made their way to Hong Kong in November to meet the IGEM FEDS and explore the gas industry in the region.
Their first stop, a luncheon with representatives from City University of Hong Kong’s School of Energy and Environment, led to some fruitful discussion about future collaborations. City University has long been a supporter of IGEM and the institution has accredited one of the energy school’s Masters courses.
Next, they moved to the Tai Po Plant belonging to the Hong Kong and China Gas Company Ltd (HKCG). This facility is the main gas production plant in Hong Kong. Chris Man, Plant Manager, conducted a comprehensive introduction as well as a guided tour for the UK guests.
In the evening, IGEM FEDS organised a presidential talk at HKCG’s HQ, in which Steve spoke about gas and the gas network as a key part of a resilient energy system. After this, certificates were awarded to three newly-joined EngTech members and also IGEM’s Vice President Duncan Wong, who was recently elected as a Fellow.
A meeting between IGEM and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE) saw Ringo Yu, President of the HKIE, join Steve and Neil in an exchange about the promotion of professionalism in the gas industry and ways to strive for excellence. After the meeting, the two guests got the chance to take a closer look at HKCG’s headquarters. They visited the Towngas Hall of Innovation, grid control and customer service centre as well as the Towngas Engineering Academy.
Finally, Steve and Neil were cordially invited to join a symposium arranged by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department of HKSAR (EMSD), meeting a number of experienced professionals in the field.