Technical Site Visits

NEWater Visitor Centre Tour

NEWater, a pillar of Singapore’s water sustainability strategy, is a high-grade reclaimed water. Produced from treated used water that is further purified using advanced membrane technologies and ultra-violet disinfection, it is ultra-clean and safe to drink. NEWater has passed more than 150,000 scientific tests and is well within World Health Organisation requirements. Learn more about NEWater at the NEWater Visitor Centre, an education hub that promotes water sustainability in Singapore and highlights the importance of Singapore’s 3rd National Tap.

Highlights of the tour:

  • Experience what it is like to be a water molecule undergoing treatment
  • Explore the Waterwise Arcade to learn more about how we could all play a part in conserving water
  • Discover membrane and ultraviolet technologies that make NEWater so clean
  • Tasting of NEWater

Duration/No. of Visitors for tour: 3 pm – 4.15 pm/40 pax only

HDB Centre of Building Research

The Centre of Building Research (CBR) is HDB’s master laboratory. Set up in 2009, it spearheads research and development (R&D) efforts in building and environmental sustainability, as well as nurtures new technologies for future generations of public housing.

The CBR focuses its R&D initiatives in 5 areas – Energy, Urban Greenery, Living Environment, Waste & Water, and Building Technology. This is aligned with HDB’s Roadmap to Better Living in HDB Towns to build ‘Sustainable Towns’. Prototypes of new technologies are developed and test-bedded at the CBR before implementation in HDB estates. The CBR brings to fruition, HDB Building Research Institute’s vision to be a leader in research, innovations and solutions in developing quality homes, and creating a pleasant, green living environment for its residents.

Duration/No. of Visitors for tour: 3 pm – 4.15 pm/40 pax only

Site Tour to Smart and Sustainable Yuhua

Launched in 2012, the pilot HDB Greenprint programme in Yuhua aimed to bring sustainable living into existing public housing estates. The sustainability features are categorised into six clusters:

  • Energy Conversation
  • Water Conservation
  • Waste Management
  • Green Commuting
  • Greenery
  • Community Engagement

With the completion of the Greenprint in Nov 2015, Yuhua has since been transformed into a green neighbourhood, enabling residents of an existing public housing estate to experience the benefits of sustainable living. It is also the first existing estate to have won the Green Mark Platinum Award.

Duration/No. of Visitors for tour: 3 pm – 4.30 pm/40 pax only

Marina District Cooling

District cooling is a new urban utility which centralise the production of chilled water for air conditioning to developments within a district. DCS is, in fact, a “chilled water cloud”.

Singapore District Cooling was incorporated as one of the utility services for the Singapore’s new business district at Marina Bay. This is the world’s largest underground DCS which provides air conditioning, 24/7, for 23 iconic buildings in the premium financial district, including Marina Bay Sands and Marina Bay Financial Centre.

The Marina Bay DCS achieves world-class reliability and maintain high supply quality as there was no chilled water supply interruption since the first day of supply in 2005. With economic of scale, the system significantly reduces unused equipment capacity, saving costs and space. The thermal storage system reduces the capacity requirement of the electricity grid by storing chilled water at night and discharge when needed e.g. electricity outages. The plant also seamlessly integrated with the development which every part of the system is away from public view, making this huge industrial facility in the city centre “invisible”.

Duration/No. of Visitors for tour: 3 pm – 4 pm/30 pax only

Semakau Landfill

Semakau Landfill was commissioned in April 1999 and is Singapore’s only landfill for waste disposal. Ash from incineration plants and non-incinerable waste such as construction and renovation debris, are disposed of at the landfill. Phase 1 construction of Semakau Landfill commenced in 1995. It was constructed concurrently with Tuas Marine Transfer Station within 4 years and at a total cost of $610 million. Phase II construction commenced in Jan 2014 and was completed in Jul 2015 at a total cost of $36 million.

Semakau Landfill covers a total area of 350 hectares and has a landfill capacity of 28 million cubic metres when filled to the perimeter bund level with permanent capping. To create the required landfill space, a 7-km perimeter rock bund was built to enclose a part of the sea of Pulau Semakau and Pulau Sakeng. The bund is lined with impermeable membrane and a layer of marine clay to ensure that the water collected in the landfill due to rainfall and the “”ling of ash is contained within the landfill area and treated at a wastewater treatment plant. Other ancillary facilities were also built on the island to ensure self-sustainability of the landfill operation. The Semakau Landfill is expected to meet Singapore’s need for landfill space to 2035 and beyond.

Duration/No. of Visitors for tour: 3 pm – 4.30 pm/35 pax only

Tuas Waste-To-Energy Plant

Tuas South Incineration Plant is the fourth and largest refuse incineration plant in Singapore.
Built at a cost of S$890 million and completed in June 2000, it was designed to incinerate
3,000 tonnes of refuse daily. The plant is sited on 10.5 ha of reclaimed land and enables all incinerable waste generated in Singapore to be disposed of by incineration. The Plant was built with state-of-the-art technology. The various processes are highly automated and controlled via a digital control system. Modern equipment incorporating advanced technology is used in the plant to ensure a high level of efficiency and reliability.

Incineration achieves about 90% reduction in volume of the refuse. Hence, all incinerable refuse are disposed of at the incineration plants while non incinerable refuse and ash from the incineration plants are disposed of at the Semakau Landfill. This helps to conserve the use of scarce land in Singapore. Tuas South Incineration Plant, together with the other incineration plants and the Semakau Landfill, will meet the refuse disposal needs of Singapore and help in achieving a clean living environment for all Singaporeans.

Duration/No. of Visitors for tour: 3 pm – 4 pm/30 pax only

Jurong Rock Caverns

The first commercial underground rock caverns facility for storage of liquid hydrocarbons in Southeast Asia, the Jurong Rock Caverns (JRC) is located at a depth of 150m below the ground, and 130m beneath Banyan Basin on Jurong Island.

The JRC will store 1.47 million cubic metres of liquid hydrocarbons such as crude oil and condensate. By utilising subterranean storage spaces, the JRC not only ensures the security of the products in storage, it will also translate to a saving of approximately 60-hectare of land, which could be used to house higher value-added activities such as petrochemicals manufacturing activities. As a commercial underground storage facility, the JRC will complement and enhance the existing network of integrated infrastructure developed by JTC on the Island, and further reinforce Singapore’s position as a leading global energy and chemicals hub.

Duration/No. of Visitors for tour: 3 pm – 4 pm/25 pax only

Panasonic Vertical Farming

Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific (PFSAP) has been known as one of global leaders in the design, manufacturing, assembly & exporter of high-accuracy Auto-insertion & Surface Mount Technology machineries widely used in various product applications namely consumer electronics, automotive & industrial.

Most people may not easily associate the brand “Panasonic” with agriculture business, but that is precisely the business that they recently ventured into. Inspired to answer the ever-increasing need for food security and demand for high quality food supply, PFSAP fused Panasonic’s technology and factory automation expertise into agriculture, creating a new motion in 2013.

Panasonic’s vision is to offer advanced systems and solutions in urban farming industry to promote sustainable healthy lifestyle globally. They are the first and currently the only company in Singapore which has attained both Farm License and Salad Processing License within a single site. Their signature product is the “Veggie Life” salad series which are available in most of the major supermarkets in Singapore.

Duration/No. of Visitors for tour: 2.30 pm – 5 pm/40 pax only

Please note that the above technical sites have limited seat availability so registration is based on first-come-first-serve.

Please report to the registration counter on level 3 at Suntec Convention Centre on 21 July by 1.30 pm. Delegates will board the land transfer at Lobby Pick-up Point at designated timing. Timing will be announced during the conference and lateness will not be entertained.

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