Hongkong Electric

Hutchison Whampoa is a Fortune 500 company and one of Hong Kong’s largest listed companies. It is 49.97 per cent owned by the Cheung Kong Group, a property company. Hutchison’s origins date back to two companies founded in the 19th century – Hong Kong and Whampoa Dock, established in 1863 by British merchant John Duflon Hutchison, and Hutchison International in 1877. In 1977, Hutchison became Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. Its operations include ports, with operations across Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, property and hotels, retailing through AS Watson & Co, PARKnSHOP supermarkets, Fortress electrical appliance stores, telecommunications through Hutchison Telecommunications International Ltd. It is also involved in infrastructure through its infrastructure arm, Cheung Kong Infrastructure, and has an interest in Hongkong Electric Holdings (HEH), the sole electricity supplier to Hong Kong Island and Lamma Island. Hutchison is also a major shareholder of Husky Energy, one of Canada’s largest energy and energy related companies. It is headed by Li Ka-shing, Asia’s wealthiest man, who has been nicknamed “Superman” because of his investment prowess. 

HK Electric Investments posts HK$1.2 billion first-half profit

HK Electric Investments provides power on Hong Kong and Lamma islands. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

HK Electric Investments, a firm controlled by tycoon Li Ka-shing that owns the electricity monopoly on Hong Kong and Lamma islands, posted a net profit of HK$1.2 billion in the first half of the year.

Tuesday, 14 July, 2015, 1:21pm

HK Electric may be right about idea of importing power from mainland China

HK Electric may be right about idea of importing power from mainland China

It is not only government seeking public opinion. HK Electric has been e-mailing customers recently, asking them to speak out against mainland power, and even China Light, careful with its words, says the Hong Kong-only option "provides a more certain result".

8 Jun 2014 - 5:30am 10 comments

Hongkong Electric makes dim start on stock market

HK Electric Investments, which supplies power to Hong Kong and Lamma islands, is expected to yield a return of 7 per cent. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

HK Electric Investments, the latest initial public offering by Li Ka-shing, took a tumble on its trading debut yesterday, joining a number of other disappointing listings by Asia's richest man.

30 Jan 2014 - 5:04am 1 comment

State Grid stake in HK Electric Investments key to future deals

Canning Fok says HK Electric Investments hopes to build good relations with State Grid through its investment. Photo: Edmond So

Power Assets, the international utility firm controlled by Li Ka-shing, says an investment of up to HK$10 billion in its HK Electric Investments spin-off by State Grid of China opens the door to future co-operation in deals outside the city.

16 Jan 2014 - 4:39am

China's State Grid buys biggest chunk of HK Electric's IPO

Light decorations are seen at Queensway Plaza in Admiralty. Photo: Felix Wong

Government-owned State Grid Corp of China is coming in as the biggest cornerstone investor in Li Ka-shing-backed HK Electric Investments’ up to US$5.7 billion Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO), according to people familiar with the matter .

11 Jan 2014 - 7:52pm

Hong Kong Electric spin-off sets lure on returns

Hong Kong Electric is seen as offering stable returns. Photo: Nora Tam

Power Assets, an international utilities firm controlled by Asia's richest man, Li Ka-shing, plans to spin off its Hong Kong electricity unit at a valuation of HK$48 billion to HK$63.4 billion via the establishment of a trust firm that will offer potential investors a 5.5 per cent to 7.3 per cent annual return in the first year.

16 Dec 2013 - 6:11am

Hongkong Electric close to powered spin-off

Hongkong Electric close to powered spin-off

Power Assets is nearing its HK$40 billion spin-off of Hongkong Electric, which will hold all its power assets in the city. The market knows the initial public offering is near because Hongkong Electric is close to finalising a HK$37.5 billion club loan, which is essential for leveraging the asset to create cash to pay to Power Assets, which is 38.87 per cent owned by Cheung Kong Infrastructure.

2 Dec 2013 - 10:30am

Gas deal 'could cut cost of power'

Gas deal 'could cut cost of power'

Power bills on Hong Kong Island and Lamma could be cut if hopes Hongkong Electric can secure a bargain deal to buy gas come to fruition.

25 Nov 2013 - 5:34pm

Power Assets seeks HK$37.5b loan facility

Hongkong Electric

Loan proceeds would be used to fund the acquisition of the entire stake of Hongkong Electric by the spin-off unit, HK Electric Investments, the people said. Price talk for the facility was at an all-in rate, which included interest and fees, of about 110 basis points over the Hong Kong interbank offered rate for minimum pledges of HK$3 billion, they said.

9 Oct 2013 - 5:40am

HK$38b spin-off planned for Hongkong Electric

Hongkong Electric, 123 years old this year, lights up and powers Hong Kong and Lamma islands, providing electricity to about 568,000 customers. Photo: Bloomberg

Power Assets Holdings, controlled by Asia's richest man, Li Ka-shing, yesterday announced a proposal to spin off its Hong Kong electricity business - Hongkong Electric.


28 Sep 2013 - 3:20am 2 comments

Culpability for Lamma ferry crash must be properly shared

Family members and relatives attend a Taoist ceremony to mourn the Lamma ferry disaster victims. Photo: Nora Tam

The report of the inquiry into the Lamma ferry tragedy calls for congratulations but also misgivings. Congratulations because the report - 186 pages plus 82 pages of appendices - is an admirably clear summary of an inquiry which had 113 witnesses and was provided with a mass of expert evidence.

5 May 2013 - 2:51am 2 comments

Public interest must come first in deals with power companies

The Secretary for the Environment, Wong Kam-sing. Photo: Sam Tsang

The financial secretary's latest budget responded, as usual, to public sentiment by offering various "candies" to the people, including another round of electricity subsidies.

19 Mar 2013 - 4:25am

Hongkong Electric aware of missing bulkhead

The Lamma IV ferry after the disaster in October. Photo: Edward Wong

Hongkong Electric accepted the brand new Lamma IV from a well-known Hong Kong shipbuilder even though a supervisor noticed it was missing a watertight bulkhead, the commission of inquiry was told on Tuesday morning.

Tang Wan-on, of Hongkong Electric, was involved in the ship inspection when it was handed over to the company by Cheoy Lee Shipyards, in 1996.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Public shows way with energy saving

Government can get power companies to save more energy. Photo: David Wong

Friends of the Earth successfully mobilised the public to save 52 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) in three months in our Power Smart contest while Hongkong Electric has failed to save as little as three million kWh.

Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing said that there is not much room for adjustments in the interim review of the Scheme of Control Agreements this year.

7 Jan 2013 - 2:36am

Talking points

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying

Thousands march against C.Y. Leung

1 Jan 2013 - 4:08am