Jurong Port's new addition
To meet expected increases in demand, Jurong Port Pte Ltd decided to raise the handling capacity of its existing cement facility by 50 per cent to 6Mt. The supply of the port’s second cement handling system brought together knowledge and expertise in an engineering effort that spanned three countries – Germany, Singapore and Indonesia. Erik van Soestbergen, McConnell Dowell South East Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore & Mario Rämmele, IBAU HAMBURG, Germany, take us through the project.
Jurong Port is Singapore’s main gateway for the import and export of general and bulk cargo, welcoming about 40,000 vessel calls throughout the year. More than 90 per cent of Singapore’s cement demand is imported through it. The rest comes mainly as bagged cement via trucks from Malaysia. To cope with the increasing cement demand (see Figure 1), Jurong Port Pte Ltd decided to develop a new SGD100m (US$83.5m) bulk cement terminal, which will effectively expand the handling capacity of its existing cement facility by 50 per cent from 4Mt to 6Mt. The investment for the development will come from Jurong Port and the cement companies that operate the terminals. The new terminal will take about 18 months to be completed and is projected to be fully operational in the second half of 2013.