SINGAPORE- The Jurong Rock Caverns (JRC) was a feat born out of innovation and determination, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at its official opening on Sept 2.
The ambitious project, located 130m below Banyan Basin at Jurong Island, was first conceptualised in 2001.
The enormous underground caves aim to overcome Singapore's land constraints by freeing up 60 hectares of surface space for higher value-added facilities.
It is made up of five caverns, housing nine galleries, and is used for storing liquid hydrocarbon such as crude oil, condensate, naphtha and gas oil. It is also a potential solution for industrial space.
PM Lee said: "More broadly, the JRC demonstrates how we must constantly think out of the box, be bold in tackling our challenges, be tenacious in execution in order to create new spaces for ourselves."
This article was first published on Sep15, 2014.
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