City Digest, December 22, 2012
Exco approves CLP deal for Turkmenistan gas
The Executive Council has endorsed a gas procurement agreement between CLP Power and the mainland to bring natural gas to Hong Kong via a pipeline from Turkmenistan. The 20-year contract will enable CLP to double its gas use and meet the 2015 emission targets.
N Korean sailor dies after cargo ship blast
A North Korean sailor, 32, died in the Prince of Wales Hospital, Sha Tin, at about 6am yesterday after he and another sailor, 50, were severely burned in a suspected gas explosion on a cargo vessel last month. The blast occurred in the engine room of the North Korea-registered vessel anchored off Kau Yi Chau on November 20.
Man dies after sampan capsizes
A 62-year-old man, Ho Kau, died after falling into the harbour from his sampan yesterday. Police and the Marine Department are investigating whether the sampan had collided with a barge off North Point. The sampan was found capsized near the barge. Ho was declared dead at Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital.
Social security contract staff go on strike
More than 60 contract workers at a Social Welfare Department unit that helps social security recipients find jobs held a one-day strike yesterday, in protest against the department's refusal to renew their terms in March.