Marina Barrage

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Marina Barrage
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Official nameMarina Barrage
Location8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
Coordinates1°16′46.124″N 103°52′16.26″E / 1.27947889°N 103.8711833°E / 1.27947889; 103.8711833Coordinates: 1°16′46.124″N 103°52′16.26″E / 1.27947889°N 103.8711833°E / 1.27947889; 103.8711833
Opening date31 October 2008; 10 years ago (2008-10-31)
Construction costS$226 million[1]
Dam and spillways
ImpoundsMarina Channel
CreatesMarina Reservoir
Catchment area10,000 ha
Surface area240 ha[2]

The Marina Barrage is a dam in Singapore built at the confluence of five rivers, across the Marina Channel between Marina East and Marina South.[3] First conceptualised in 1987 by the late Lee Kuan Yew, the Barrage started construction on 22 March 2005[4], and was officially opened on 31 October 2008 as Singapore's fifteenth reservoir.[5] It provides water storage, flood control and recreation. It won a Superior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers in 2009.[6]


The S$3 billion project turns Marina Bay and Kallang Basin into a new downtown freshwater Marina Reservoir. It provides water supply, flood control and a new lifestyle attraction.

By keeping out seawater, the barrage forms Singapore’s 15th reservoir and first reservoir in the city. Marina Reservoir, together with the future Punggol and Serangoon reservoirs, will increase Singapore’s water catchment areas to one-sixth of Singapore’s total land area.

Marina Barrage also acts as a tidal barrier to keep seawater out, helping to alleviate flooding in low-lying areas of the city such as Chinatown, Jalan Besar and Geylang.[7]

When it rains heavily during low-tide, the barrage’s crest gates will be lowered to release excess water from the coastal reservoir into the sea. If heavy rain falls during high-tide, the crest gates remain closed and giant drainage pumps are activated to pump excess water out to sea.

As the water in the Marina Basin is unaffected by the tides, the water level will be kept constant, making it ideal for all kinds of recreational activities such as boating, windsurfing, kayaking and dragonboating.


The building of the Marina Barrage required the relocation of Clifford Pier from Collyer Quay to Marina South (see Marina South Pier).

It has proved to be a tourist attraction. Marina Barrage is open for viewing 24/7. The information counter is open from 9.00am to 9.00pm daily. Tours for a maximum capacity of 80 people to the Visitor Centre can be arranged prior to arrival.

From 2012 onward, it played host to annual public youth community and cosplay event EOY Cosplay Festival.


The Marina Barrage was conferred the Superior Achievement Award - the highest honour of the competition for the best project entry - at the AAEE Annual Awards Luncheon held in Washington, DC, USA on 6 May 2009.[6] The Marina Barrage beat 33 other entries to take home the top prize in this year's competition organised by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (AAEE), becoming the second project outside of USA to win the award, in the last decade[6].


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  1. ^ "PUB annual report: Birth of the barrage". PUB. 2008. Archived from the original on 7 April 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Dealing with Water Scarcity in Singapore: Institutions, Strategies, and Enforcement". The World Bank. 2006. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  3. ^ Khoo, Teng Chye (2009), "Singapore Water: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow", Water Resources Development and Management, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 237–250, doi:10.1007/978-3-540-89346-2_12, ISBN 9783540893455, retrieved 6 August 2018
  4. ^ "Marina Barrage Commencement Ceremony". NAS. 22 March 2005. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Speech by Mr Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister, at launch of Clean And Green Singapore 2009 and Opening of Marina Barrage". NAS. 31 October 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2019.
  6. ^ a b c "MARINA BARRAGE BAGS TOP HONOURS AT INTERNATIONAL …". Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  7. ^ Moh, W. H.; Su, P. L. (2009). "Marina Barrage – A Unique 3-in-1 Project in Singapore". Structural Engineering International. 19: 17. doi:10.2749/101686609787398399.

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