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Jurong Island, where nature and industry coexist

09 Nov 2020
​​​Jurong Island is getting greener — literally.    Singapore touts itself as a garden city where lush greenery is woven into its urban tapestry.    The city state is now taking the leap to become a “City in Nature”, and one of the ways it is doing so is intensifying the amount of greenery within its industrial estates.   To that end, National Parks Board (NParks) and JTC will be adding about 100 hectares of new green spaces such as parks and roadside greenery in industrial estates by 2030. Close to 170,000 trees will also be planted within these estates over the next 10 years.    Jurong Island, a cornerstone of Singapore’s energy and chemicals industry, is one of the industrial estates getting a green makeover.    A green partnership    Called the Greening Jurong Island project, the biggest greening initiative on the island aims to transform the energy and chemicals hub into one filled with greenery. To do so, JTC and NParks have partnered with companies on Jurong Island, plus the Association of Process Industry (ASPRI) and its members.   34,000 new trees will be planted on Jurong Island by 2022 ​​​​This project is much more than redecorating exercise. An objective is for JTC and the Jurong Island community to co-create an industrial estate that is more conducive and attractive to the businesses that operate within it, while laying the groundwork for future sustainability efforts in Jurong Island.    “By planting more trees, we create pockets of greenery and biodiversity on Jurong Island, making ​​​it an eco-friendly workplace environment that adds to the well-being of workers there,” explains Cindy Koh, JTC’s Director of Energy and Chemicals.   She also highlights the importance of having the Jurong Island community on-board: “Many manufacturers have been stepping up on their commitments to sustainable actions – however, so much more can be achieved when the community comes together. Such collective effort goes beyond what each company can do on its own.”   The companies and employees on Jurong Island, as well as ASPRI and its members, have raised over $740,000 to support the cause.    Over 70 organisations from the Jurong Island community have supported the greening initiative to-date. ​Mr Charles Quek, President of ASPRI, said, “ASPRI, together with our members, are happy to play our part towards the greening efforts in our industrial estates. The Greening Jurong Island initiative helps to reinforce the concept of sustainability and will go a long way to make the island a more attractive workplace for our members.”    ExxonMobil, the largest single contributor to the initiative, is supporting 400 trees through a $120,000 donation.    Mr Gan Seow Kee, Chairman and Managing Director, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd said, “The Jurong Island Greening Initiative provides us an opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the environment and community where our operations are located. We recognise the vital role that trees have in the environment, and how they also help make Jurong Island a more attractive place to work.”   Picking the perfect trees   Close to 13,000 trees have been planted in the estate since March 2019, and the eventual goal is to have 34,000 new trees planted by 2022.    Tree species were carefully selected for planting on the island. NParks’ expertise in flora and fauna has been invaluable to this project. The team’s experts are responsible for choosing ideal species of trees that would not only survive, but thrive, amidst the industrial backdrop of Jurong Island. The tree species have been curated and chosen for their hardiness and drought tolerance, as well as their ability to add shade, colour and vibrancy to the island.    Before planting the trees, teams from JTC and NParks analysed ground conditions, then planned strategic planting techniques to ensure the well-being and longevity of the trees on the island. After thoughtful deliberation, they decided that planting the trees in a multi-tier manner — mimicking a forest structure — would be an ideal choice to add diversity, vibrancy and colours to Jurong Island’s streetscape.   Creating a luscious, green island for everyone ​ With one-third of the project’s trees planted so far, Jurong Island’s occupants will soon see — and feel — the impact of the additional greenery.   With more trees, there is now more shade on the island. And because the trees can mitigate the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect — a situation that occurs when an area has a dense concentration of pavement, buildings and other surfaces that absorb and retain heat — everyone will benefit from cooler temperatures.    On a broader level, the fruits of this partnership will contribute to Singapore’s One Million Trees movement, which aims to plant a million trees across Singapore by 2030 and bring the therapeutic effects of greenery to even more corners of the country.    ​“This project is essential to realising our vision of integrating nature in our industrial spaces and creating more attractive environments for communities. By aspiring to make Jurong Island a much greener industrial park, we’re also strengthening Singapore’s distinctiveness as a liveable city,” Cindy adds. 

New framework aims to boost Singapore's competitiveness in energy and chemicals manufacturing

13 Nov 2019
Companies in the Process Construction and Maintenance (PCM) Industry that provide services to Energy and Chemicals (E&C) plants will soon be able to attain recognition if they meet certain productivity benchmarks. A new certification framework will evaluate companies in four areas: how they improve planning and execution through using project management tools; technology adoption; staff development; and how well they collect data that can be analysed. The framework was developed over the past four years by the Productivity Council (PC), which was initiated by the Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore Chemical Industries Council (SCIC) and Association of Process Industry (ASPRI). It includes representatives from PCM firms as well as E&C plant owners. Chemical and utility pipelines seen on Jurong Island in a photo taken on Nov 5, 2018. PHOTO: ST FILE Click Here for Full Article Write-Up 

Companies raise over S$500,000 to plant 30,000 trees on Jurong Island

02 Nov 2019
The Process, Construction and Maintenance (PCM) Industry has remained a key supporting pillar to the Jurong Island ecosystem and an integral part of the island’s community. Hence, when presented with an opportunity to be part of the initiative to green Jurong Island, we knew ASPRI had to be part of it. With about 500 member companies, ASPRI aimed to achieve ‘one member one tree’ so that each of our members can play a role in this inclusive campaign. Together as one, ASPRI has successfully raised over $100,000 towards planting 30,000 trees on Jurong Island over the next three years, making it a pleasant place for everyone. ASPRI would like to thank our members as this could not have been possible with their support. Photo from JTC Corporation, NParks Click Here for Full Article Write-Up on Business Times  Click Here for Full Article Write-Up on Straits Times 

Jurong Island Firms Join Hands on Work Safety

24 Nov 2018
ASPRI is proud to inform that the launch of Vision Zero Cluster has finally taken place ever since the formation of the work group in February this year with 25 companies on Jurong Island pledging to work together to prioritise safety and health in their workplaces. This cluster is an initiative to promote safety in all aspect and to foster mindset that all injuries and ill health at work can be prevented if we put in extra effort to care for one another and to take notice of our surroundings. Click Here for Full Article Write-Up 

Singapore's strength behind the world-class refining and chemicals industry

01 Jun 2018
ASPRI would like to thank Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI) for interviewing Mr. Charles Quek, President of ASPRI and Chief Executive Officer of HSL Constructor Pte Ltd to talk about Singapore’s Process Industry, ASPRI, ASPRI-Westlite – Papan, Jurong Island and the Industry Transformation Map (ITM). For the actual snippets of the article, kindly click on the following link: Chinese Entrepreneur 2018 issue 1 – Interview with Charles Quek Note that the article is in Chinese. Click Here for Full Article Write-Up 

Dorm with training centre a boost for Jurong Island workers → 5 JAN 18

05 Jan 2018
The 7,900-bed dorm, called ASPRI-Westlite Dormitory – Papan, is the first of its kind in Singapore with an attached training centre. It also has recreational facilities and amenities such as cricket training pitches, an indoor gym, a dental and medical clinic, and a barber shop. Eight workers share a large room, in two-bedroom units with en suite bathrooms and kitchens. Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who was the guest of honour at the official opening of the dorm last night, praised the integrated model. ASPRI president Charles Quek said the association has raised the number of training hours it delivers to 125,000 a year at the integrated training centre, up from 30,000 a year ago at its old facility. It hopes to ramp that up to 400,000 hours over the next three years. Extracted from The Straits Times Click Here for Full Article Write-Up 

New hub in Jurong for Trade Associations → 24 SEP 16

24 Sep 2016
The Trade Association (TA) Hub to be sited at Jurong Town Hall has already signed up 18 trade associations, including the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCCI), the Landscape Industry Association and the Association of Process Industry. Mr Charles Quek, president of the Association of Process Industry, told a panel discussion at the Trade Association Congress here yesterday that he hopes the hub will facilitate greater collaboration. “For associations, there’s a lot we can share and learn from each other. You cannot look at your industry alone,” he said, emphasising that there could be more cross-industry collaborations. Extracted from The Straits Times, Photo from JTC Corporation Click Here for Full Article Write-Up 

Trade Associations and Chambers get more Funds to help Businesses develop → 3 JUN 2015

03 Jun 2015
Six trade associations and chambers (TACs) were awarded further funding totalling about $7 million for their Local Enterprise and Association Development (LEAD) programmes at the LEAD 10th anniversary dinner on Tuesday. Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang, addressing the 300 guests from the TACs across various sectors at the event, said: ” TACs are key partners for the government in reaching out to the business community and driving change within industries. //Extracts from Business Times Click Here for Full Article Write-Up 

Worker dorm to include training facilities → 20 MAR 2015

20 Mar 2015
Aspri president Charles Quek said the new, larger space and increased convenience will provide 48 annual training hours per worker for the 7,900 that will be housed in the dormitory, as opposed to the 16 hours for the 4,000 workers now getting training at the existing IPI facility. Aspri vice-president Francis Tay said that while priority for training sessions will be given to workers living in the dormitory, opportunities might also be given to other foreign workers if there is spare capacity. The training sessions will include English lessons as well as industry-specific courses that will be organised in collaboration with the Process Construction and Maintenance Management Committee. //Extracts from The Straits Times  Click Here for Full Article Write-Up 

Singapore's first dormitory with an Integrated Training Facility for workers in the Process industry → 18 MAR 2015

18 Mar 2015
Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Lee Yi Shyan was speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of ASPRI-Westlite Dormitory Papan, Singapore’s first dormitory with an integrated training facility for workers in the Process industry. //Extracts from Channel NewsAsia  Click Here for Full Article Write-Up 

Ground-breaking ceremony for large new $200m foreign worker dormitory at Jurong → 18 MAR 2015

18 Mar 2015
The integrated training facility in the new worker’s dormitory in Jurong, due to be completed mid-2016. A ground-breaking ceremony was held Wednesday. The Aspri-Westlite Papan dormitory will incorporate 3,000 sq m of training space, up from about 280 sq m at the current Institute of Process Industry (IPI). //Extracts from The Straits Times Photo from Straits Times   Click Here for Full Article Write-Up 

Productivity push for Process Construction and Maintenance Sector → 12 FEB 2015

12 Feb 2015
The Process, Construction and Maintenance (PCM) sector with the productivity council set up, will look to improve management practices  and put in place certification systems to encourage companies to adopt productivity and safety measures. The productivity council will have 3 working groups; one will support a three-year benchmarking programme which will demonstrate the benefits of productivity improvement led by ExxonMobil, second will be responsible for certification led by Shell, and the third will look at mechanisation initiatives led by Singapore Refining Company (SRC). //Extracts from Business Times SRC has invested S$1.2m in new automatic tools that have made its plant maintenance process more productive, cutting down set-up time by 40% or 52,000 man-hours. PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG/THE STRAITS TIMES

Immediate Past President, James Goh talking about the Productivity Council on 98.7FM → 11 FEB 2015

11 Feb 2015
The Productivity Council will drives the adoption of global best practices in Process, Construction and Maintenance (PCM) firms. Though the adoption of these practices, firms will be able to cut down their labour costs for about 20% to 30% on the long-term basis. Click Here to listen to the Interview 

New Industry-led Productivity Council Formed → 11 FEB 2015

11 Feb 2015
Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry and National Development, Mr. Lee Yi Shyan, announced the establishment of the Productivity Council during a visit to the Singapore Refining Company’s (SRC) oil refinery on Jurong Island. The Council which comprises of ASPRI, plant owners and contractors, will set up a centre of excellence to provide training and consultation for Process, Construction and Maintenance (PCM) contractors to upgrade their processes. //Extracts from The Straits Times
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