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Thursday, July 07, 2005

No Shell involvement

On Jul 4, 2005, Shell Companies in Singapore addressed the concerns of the Hantu Blog and the Blue Water Volunteers, by spelling out JTC's management of the reclamation of Pulau Ular and Bukom. The operation of the cracker plant however will remain the responsibility of Shell.

The Hantu Blog and the Blue Water Volunteers remain in discussion with Shell.

Dear Tse-Lynn, Debby and Blue Water Volunteers

Thank you for sharing your views with us through below correspondence which we received with the CD rom and photographs the week of 27 June 2005, and a fruitful discussion this morning.

We appreciate the sentiments which you have expressed but the land reclamation which you referred to will actually be undertaken by JTC Corporation, on behalf of the Government. We understand that this is part of the Singapore Government's master plan for national development. We have been advised that JTC are consulting relevant agencies and international experts to address environmental concerns and safeguards at an early stage and that they are studying and reviewing international good reclamation practices which they can adopt. However, JTC would be the most appropriate party to directly comment on these.

We confirm that Shell is currently progressing with the next phase of a proposed world-scale cracker and derivatives project in Singapore. This entails significant investments and is planned to be a collaboration between Shell and the Economic Development Board. This will eventually occupy a part of the land reclaimed by JTC.

In developing the project, Shell will take appropriate measures to minimise impact on the environment. Shell is committed to Sustainable Development, integrating the three essential elements of sustainability - economic, social and environmental and balancing long and short-term priorities. In the process, we will ensure that the needs of the present generation are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Please rest assured that Shell will work together with JTC and other authorities for the best sustainable development option.

Yours sincerely

Caroline Loke
Head, Social Investment
Shell Companies in Singapore
Tel: 65-6384 8953