Royal Boskalis has received a Letter of Award from the Housing & Development Board of Singapore for the development of a polder at the north western tip of Pulau Tekong. The contract value for the joint venture with Penta Ocean Construction Company is approximately EUR 800 million of which Boskalis' share is approximately EUR 400 million.

Construction works will commence in the coming months. The construction activities will take place over a 4 year time frame and are expected to be completed in 2022.

dws-boskalis-pulau-tekong-polder-impression-350px  Impression of the whole polder on the north west of Pulau Tekong island. Above the levee and the pumping station to keep the polder dry.

Quality over price
Boskalis and its partner will be responsible for building the required levee closures and reinforcement of the existing levees to create a 10 kilometers long dike, the drainage of the reclamation area and extensive dry earthmoving activities to create Singapore's first polder.

In contrast to reclaiming land by filling a reclamation area up to and above sea level, the land for the polder is reclaimed by draining off the water by means of pumps and canals.

According to Boskalis its high quality of the proposal and its partner played a decisive role in the contract award; solely on price the proposal came in fourth.

dws-boskalis-singpore-pulau-tekong-map-2030-350px-Pulau Tekong polder (right on map) is one of four major reclamation projects in Singapore currently planned (Source: Department of statistics, Google Maps, One Map and Sunday Times Graphics).

Rich heritage developing polders
For this project Boskalis is able to draw on its expert knowledge and experience with dike closures and the construction and reinforcement of sea dikes in the Netherlands gained over the past 100 years.

CEO Peter Berdowski at Boskalis: ‘The award of this sizable project marks a historic moment. Our company has a rich heritage of building dikes and developing polders in the Netherlands, and the creation of this first polder in Southeast Asia is an important new milestone.

‘Over the past decades Boskalis has been active in Singapore reclaiming land enabling the country to grow’, continues Berdowski. ‘The use of polders however creates new opportunities to expand. Through this project we look forward to pushing back boundaries and demonstrating our global leadership position as dredging and marine experts.’

Earlier studies
Since 2008, the Housing & Development Board has worked with the Netherlands research institute Deltares on the feasibility study of the polder concept for Pulau Tekong.

Drawn on the vast experience of the Netherlands, Deltares supported HDB with Royal HaskoningDHV/Surbana acting as engineering consultant.

This news item was originally published on the website of Boskalis.

Read also on this website
Singapore to adopt Dutch polder concept as new land reclamation method at Pulau Tekong, 2 December 2016
Royal Boskalis receives 300 million euro Letter of Award for development Tuas port pier 3, Singapore, 22 February 2018
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Impression of how Singapore’s first polder will be constructed.