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Our History

The history of CLP mirrors the economic development of Hong Kong and the growth of the Asia-Pacific region. We have highlighted some of our achievements over the past century below.

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1900s – 1930s The Beginning
 
1901

  • On 25 January, China Light & Power Company Syndicate was incorporated in Hong Kong. The maximum demand for electricity in the year was 1/10MW.

 
CLP's First Power Station
1903

  • The first power station with a generating capacity of 75kW was commissioned on Chatham Road, Hung Hom.

 
1919

  • CLP started to supply electricity for street lighting in Kowloon.

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1940s – 1960s Strong Consolidation
 
Hok Un Power Station
1940

  • Hok Un Power Station commissioned.
  • Head Office on Argyle Street inaugurated.

 
1955

  • CLP acquired the Tai O Power Company and started to supply electricity to Lantau Island.

 
1964

  • Castle Peak Power Company Limited (CAPCO) jointly owned by CLP and Esso (now ExxonMobil Energy Limited) expanded the oil-fired Hok Un power station.

 
Tsing Yi Power Station
1969

  • The 1,520MW oil-fired Tsing Yi Power Station commissioned.

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1970s – 1980s China Vision
 
1979

  • CLP began to supply electricity to Guangdong Province through an interconnection with the Guangdong power grid.

 
Castle Peak Power Station Opening
1982

  • The 1,400MW coal-fired Castle Peak Power Station ‘A’ in Hong Kong began operations. The opening marked the launch of CLP’s fuel diversification strategy.

 
1984

  • CLP took over the Cheung Chau Power Company in Hong Kong.

 
1985

  • Together with joint venture partner Guangdong Nuclear Investment Company, CLP started building a new 1,968MW pressurised water reactor nuclear power station in Daya Bay in Guangdong Province in Mainland China. The import of nuclear power into Hong Kong enhanced the city’s fuel supply reliability.

 
1986

  • The 2,708MW Castle Peak Power Station ‘B’ in Hong Kong began operations.

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1990s Asian Expansion
 
1992

  • The 300MW diesel oil-fired Penny’s Bay Power Station in Lantau Island, Hong Kong was commissioned to serve as a strategic backup facility.

 
1994

  • Guangdong Daya Bay Nuclear Power Station commissioned in Mainland China.
  • Phased commissioning of Guangzhou Pumped Storage Power Station at Conghua in Guangdong Province in Mainland China began.

 
Black Point Power Station
1996

  • The Black Point Power Station began operation in phases, starting in 1996 until 2006. This was the first environmentally friendly gas-fired power station in Hong Kong.
  • CLP expanded into the Asia-Pacific region through a joint venture investment with Taiwan Cement Corporation. The two companies began to construct a coal-fired power station near Hualien, Taiwan.

 
Huaiji Hydro Power Project
1997

  • CLP became involved with the Huaiji hydro power project in Guangdong Province in Mainland China – an important step in the Company’s renewable energy investments.

 
1998

  • CLP Holdings was formed following a company re-organisation.
  • CLP gained a foothold in Thailand through a strategic stake in Electricity Generating Public Company Limited (EGCO), the only independent power producer in the country.

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2000s A Century of Light
 
2001

  • CLP celebrated its first 100 years of operation.
  • CLP began its involvement with the Australian electricity market by acquiring a majority stake in Yallourn Energy.

 
Paguthan Power Station
2002

  • CLP entered the Indian electricity market through the acquisition of Paguthan Combined Cycle Power Plant (CCPP), formerly known as Gujarat Paguthan Energy Corporation Private Limited (GPEC).

 
2004

  • CLP issued Manifesto on Air Quality and Climate Change and announced the target of generating 5 per cent of total equity generating capacity by renewable energy by 2010. The target was met by the end of December 2007, three years ahead of schedule.

 
2005

  • CLP completed the acquisition of TXU Merchant Energy and became the fifth largest energy retailer in Australia under a new brand name, TRUenergy.

 
2007

  • CLP issued CLP's Climate Vision 2050 and announced the target of reducing the CO2 intensity of its generating portfolio by 75 per cent to 0.2kg/kWh by 2050.

 
Fangchenggang Power Station
2008

  • Equipped with advanced supercritical power technology, Fangchenggang Power Station in Guangxi Province in Mainland China began operations.

 
2009

  • CLP was added to the Global Dow and Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes.

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2010s A New Chapter
 
2010

  • CLP met Climate Vision 2050’s carbon intensity target of 0.8kg CO2/kWh for 2010. Renewable energy accounted for 16.8 per cent of CLP’s generation portfolio, far exceeding the original 5 per cent renewable energy target for 2010.
  • CLP issued Our Journey to a Low-Carbon Energy Future and announced new carbon intensity and non-carbon-emitting generation targets for 2020.
  • CLP was named on the Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index Series.

 
Customer Services at EnergyAustralia
2011

  • CLP completed the acquisition of EnergyAustralia’s retail business. TRUenergy is now one of the leading integrated energy businesses in Australia, with a presence in both generation and retail.
  • CLP completed the construction of the wholly-owned Jiangbian hydro project, Qian’an Phase II and Penglai Phase I wind power projects in Mainland China.

 
2012

  • CLP's 1,320MW coal-fired power plant based on supercritical technology at Jhajjar in India was commissioned.
  • TRUenergy was rebranded – combining the best of the legacy brands in Victoria and New South Wales under the EnergyAustralia brand.

 
Celebrating the collaboration between CLP and China Southern Power Grid
2014

  • CLP collaborated with China Southern Power Grid to each acquire half of ExxonMobil’s 60 per cent interest in Castle Peak Power Company Limited (CAPCO); CLP also completed the acquisition of ExxonMobil’s 51 per cent stake in Hong Kong Pumped Storage Development Company, Limited.

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