Tuas is in the West Region of Singapore. It is a planning area bordered by Western Water Catchment in the north, Pioneer on the east side and Straits of Johor on the west. The eastern maritime boundary is also partly shared by the Western Islands which is also a planning area. The area covers 30 square kilometers and a population of 70 people as estimated by the 2017 census. Before the mid-twentieth century, Tuas was swampland and was later cleared for settlement by squatters. It started to develop as a popular fishing village where more than two hundred fishing boats docked. In the 1970s the residents of the area were relocated to other developed public housing estates to pave the way for industrial development of the region. In the 1980s more swampland was cleared for industrial development. More than 20 square kilometers has been reclaimed since then because the reclamation practices are still ongoing to date. The current reclamation project is in the southeast of Tuas Jetty, and it is called Tuas view extension.
There are a lot of heavy industries in Tuas. It hosts two of the four incinerators of Singapore. The year 2010 saw the completion of a world-class renewable diesel plant in Tuas. The plant uses palm oil as the raw material to produce diesel. At full production, it will be the largest renewable diesel plant. The current reclamation projects are done to make room for the Tuas mega port which will be the world’s largest oil storage area. The residential areas in the region are meant for the workers of the industries in the region. They are low cost, but they are built to only meet the basic home requirements like shelter, water supply, heating, and electricity. The flats in the region rise nine to eleven stories. Other workers of the industries in the area live in the Benoi Sector and along Pioneer Road. Tuas is an industrial area. Its location away from other residential towns and commercial districts make it a strategic region for industrial development. The section is also connected to four MRT stations to serve the district by supporting the existing industries and boasting further growth of the region as an industrial area.
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