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Singapore can't expand outwards -- so it's going underground

Singapore can't expand outwards -- so it's going underground

Shot at 18m diameter access shaft JTC Corporation This article was first published in the December 2015 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online, and get your hands on loads of additional content by subscribing online . As a tiny island city-state, Singapore can't expand outwards -- so it's moving underground. The Jurong Rock Caverns, being built 150 metres underneath petrochemical hub Jurong Island, will be taller than a nine-storey building and store almost 1.5 million cubic metres of oil -- the capacity of 600 Olympic swimming pools. Junong's man-made caves: 1. Access shaft; 2. Operational tunnel; 3. Access tunnel; 4. Storage cavern "With the limited land available, one of the best possible ways to increase space is to create it underground," says Jian Zhao, professor of geomechanics at Monash University, who l...

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