JTC will restore access to Tuas Port and reclaim 172 hectares of land for industrial use
The government organization in charge of managing Singapore’s industrial areas, JTC Corporation, confirmed to The Straits Times that reclamation work at the Northern Tuas Basin near Riverfront Residences Showflat is expected to start in 2025 and finish in 2029.
In response to inquiries, the agency stated that the project will “meet land demand for future industrial uses as part of ongoing plans to rejuvenate the older parts of Jurong and Tuas Industrial Estates, which were developed in the 1960s and 1970s”.
The newly recovered land, according to JTC, is also required for road network connections and infrastructure to Tuas South and Tuas Port, which are being constructed in four phases and will be finished in the 2040s.
The 172ha of additional land will be added to the approximately 2,200ha designated for industrial use in Tuas and Tuas South, making it nearly twice as large as the 93ha Bidadari estate.
The National Environment Agency (NEA) and JTC will test using incineration bottom ash, a solid byproduct of burning garbage in incinerators, as reclamation fill in the impending reclamation.
This pilot program is one of several recent initiatives to either lessen the amount of incinerated garbage that enters or is removed from Singapore’s sole landfill, Semakau Landfill. In order to recover Tuas Port Phase 3 from the landfill, whose 28 million cubic meter capacity is anticipated to be reached by 2035 at current trash disposal rates, NEA is investigating the viability of mining roughly 10 million cubic meters of waste.
Over time, the government has reclaimed land to enlarge Tuas, a former marsh, for industrial use; in the 1980s, an additional 650ha were added.
Since then, businesses including pharmaceutical and offshore marine operations have called the Northern Tuas Basin area home.
According to JTC, it engaged 25 businesses that will be impacted by the reclamation in 2015 and 2016 to give them enough time to move.
Since then, 22 have left their locations, and the remaining three are anticipated to move gradually by 2025, according to JTC. The company also stated that reclamation work will be done in phases and with coordination to minimize the impact on businesses.
An environmental impact assessment (EIA) was carried out in 2023 prior to the planned activities, and its report was made available for public viewing at the JTC Summit from November 10 to December 8—subject to the execution of a non-disclosure agreement.
“A small location in Northern Tuas Basin under a drainage channel has been identified where the use of incineration bottom ash could be trialed in a controlled manner,” according to JTC and NEA, about the use of incineration residue for reclamation.
The organizations did not specify the exact amount of fill required for the project, but they did say that approximately 25,000 cubic meters of bottom ash from incineration may be utilized in reclamation efforts.
Before a tender for reclamation works is given, the pilot’s scope and specifications would be verified, they stated.
“To assess the potential environmental impacts, environmental monitoring, including long-term groundwater movement, will also be conducted,” JTC and NEA stated.
Although Tuas land is currently underutilized, Mr. Leonard Tay, head of research at Knight Frank Singapore, stated that possibilities to add land should be seized as quickly as possible due to Singapore’s limited development space and the nation’s numerous conflicting needs.
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