Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for National Development (a) whether he can provide an update on (i) the development and land reclamation works on and around Pedra Branca and (ii) the estimated total cost of these works; and (b) what benefits these works are expected to bring to Singapore.
Mr Desmond Lee: The development and land reclamation works at Pedra Branca, which commenced in September 2021, are for infrastructural upgrades to enable our maritime security agencies to safely and effectively detect and respond to incidents, and carry out search and rescue operations in the area. This will strengthen Singapore’s ability to contribute to maritime safety and security in the area as a responsible member of the international community. The works are also needed to improve the safety and conditions for our personnel deployed at Pedra Branca who perform critical roles in safeguarding maritime safety and security.
The total cost of the works is being reviewed in light of prevailing cost norms.
Ministry of National Development
8 November 2022