5 things you never knew about Jurong Island.
Posted: 14 Oct 2016, 1000 hours (GMT +8)
Singapore has always been the little red dot. But did you know that we are actually made up of many dots? About 50 of them to be exact.
The size of Jurong Island is three times as much as the original land area of the small islands combined. (Source/Wildshores of Singapore)
Before the 1960s, there were villagers still living in wooden stilt houses on some of these islands.
2. The island is meant to be on its own.
Imagine this massive fire happening on mainland! (Source/SCDF's FB)
Linked to the mainland by a 2.3-km causeway, the island has its own array of facilities like dormitories for the foreign workers and even an amenities centre called Oasis@Sakra.
Oasis@Sakra might not look impressive on the outside but it houses a medical center and you can even find an alfresco dining restaurant in it! (Source/Little Joy of Beary)
And deep below, there is a 640-km undersea pipeline that carries natural gas directly from Indonesia.
3. We had our very own Captain Hook.
(Source/National Archives of Singapore)
Pirates of Singapore anyone?
4. There was a rescue mission before reclamation started.
The reef at the southern coast of Pulau Ayer Chawan 20 years ago. (Source/Nature Society Singapore)
Volunteers from Nature Society (Singapore) came together after they found out that Pulau Ayer Chawan was due to for reclamation. These volunteers spent about 104 weekends moving corals and other reef organisms to Sentosa, 1.5 hours away.
The volunteers did this almost every Sunday, for two whole years. (Source/Nature Society Singapore)
Less than 11 per cent of the corals survived the journey. Still, the project managed to raise public awareness of the rich coral reef life present in our waters.
5. Something else lies under the sea.
There are five caverns, housing nine galleries. They are used to store liquid hydrocarbon like crude oil. (Source/UnTourist Singapore)
Each gallery has a storage space of 165,000 m³ . That is equivalent to the volume of 1,300 single-deck buses! Now, multiply that amount by nine. We are saving about 70 football fields of land above ground!
How did the vehicles get in the tunnels? (Source/PM Lee's FB)
There is a gigantic lift to bring vehicles down to the caverns! Because the caverns are located 150 meters below ground level (which is more than the height of a 30-storey HDB block), they had to make sure there was a way for trucks to get into the tunnels to transport rocks out during construction of the caverns.
Rocks excavated from the caverns were enough to cover the entire Sentosa, six times. (Source/PM Lee's FB)
From pirates to petrol, Jurong Island sure has come a long way since the 1800s.