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Singapore Jurong Rock Caverns officially open for business

03rd September 2014

The Jurong Rock Caverns, Singapore's first subterranean cavern storage facility for oil products has been officially opened after eight years of construction.

Jurong Rock storage facility
The Jurong Rock Caverns, Singapore's first subterranean cavern storage facility for oil products have opened

The Jurong Rock Caverns, Singapore's first subterranean cavern storage facility for oil products, were officially opened on Tuesday after eight years of construction.

Located 150m below energy and chemicals hub Jurong Island, the $950 million facility consists of five nine-storey high underground caverns.

It will be used to store 1.47 million cubic m of liquid hydrocarbons such as crude oil and condensate - equivalent to 600 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Jurong Town Corporation (JTC), the project developer, completed the first two caverns in March and the remaining three caverns are scheduled for completion in late 2016.

The JRC has already secured its first customer, Jurong Aromatics Corporation (JAC), which is building an aromatics complex on Jurong Island. JAC will be using the first two caverns to store condensate, a feedstock for its aromatics plant.

JTC Chairman Dr. Loo Choon Yong said, “As a small city state, we are constantly pushing boundaries in our quest to overcome our scarce land resource. The Jurong Rock Caverns required us to venture into unfamiliar grounds and surmount engineering challenges never encountered before."

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