Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Tour of Shell Bukom Refinery

Today, our VS scholars (ASEAN, A*Star & PRC) went on a tour to the Shell Refinery at Pulau Bukom.
Although, we missed the ferry because the bus couldn't locate the terminal entrance!!, it was still a educational eye opener.

Seeing crude oil tanks built in 1900 that were still serviceable as well as the ultra modern catalytic cracker was an eye opener. From the crude oil to the high octance fuel, we found out that the refinery at Bukom processes 450000 barrels of oil a day!

A good learning experience indeed for all of us. Imagine when we were told that the current estimate for fossil fuel to last is only another 70 years! Which means a cheap and renewable energy source must be found within our lifetimes-otherwise, the consequences will be quite dire.
The technology is there and available but are we open enough and dedicated enough to work for the good of all? That is something for all of us to ponder.

Who knows, in another 70 years I might have to sell my beloved 1.4 Honda Jazz to buy a race-horse from Turf club if there's no petrol left. :)

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