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Thursday, 24 May, 2012  

USD $2 million ExxonMobil commitment to Gardens by the Bay will support development of educational resources

- Single-largest community investment by ExxonMobil in Singapore
- Multi-year funding will support state-of-the-art educational materials for park visitors
- Initiative focuses on Singapore’s biodiversity, water systems, and plant life

SINGAPORE – ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte, Ltd is committing S$2 million to Gardens by the Bay, a world-class development designed to showcase Singapore’s commitment to innovation and resource management. This sponsorship, ExxonMobil’s single-largest community investment in Singapore, focuses on the development and installation of state-of-the-art educational resources around Dragonfly Lake in Gardens by the Bay.

These resources, which will include new technologies and programming, will help educate visitors about aquatic life and horticulture at Dragonfly Lake, which serves as a natural filter system for water for the gardens and the connecting reservoir.

“Understanding our natural environment is the critical first step toward protecting it. Our support for this project will help increase awareness of Singapore’s biodiversity, water systems, and plant life,” said ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Chairman and Managing Director Matthew Aguiar. “These high-tech interactive media and educational programs will go a long way to help visitors to Gardens by the Bay learn more about and appreciate the biodiversity and plant life in Singapore.

“This effort supports ExxonMobil’s global commitment to education and sustainability. It adds another dimension to the company’s community investments in Singapore,” Mr. Aguiar added. “We have grown with the country, and we are continuing to grow with the community here.”

Dr. Kiat W. Tan, chief executive officer of Gardens by the Bay, said, “There is much that nature can teach us beyond appealing to our various senses while we enjoy its beauty. Engagement of contemporary audiences requires innovative ways of adding layers of context and complementary information that help make the experience enriching and educational. Our partnership with ExxonMobil will allow us to do just this. By adopting various technologies, we can present rich content that helps everyone learn more about plants and horticulture.

“We are glad to have found an ideal partner in ExxonMobil which shares our interest in cultivating public interest in our natural heritage. We look forward to working with more like-minded organizations to make Gardens by the Bay the foremost garden destination for all to enjoy.”

About ExxonMobil in Singapore

ExxonMobil is one of Singapore’s largest foreign manufacturing investors with fixed asset investments of over US$10 billion. Our Singapore affiliate, ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, (EMAPPL) has manufacturing facilities which include refinery operations in Jurong and a world-scale petrochemical plant on Jurong Island.

EMAPPL has Singapore’s largest network of 66 Esso service stations and is a major supplier of cylinder cooking gas. EMAPPL also serves the commercial market with its industrial, aviation and marine fuels and lubricants. As a corporation, ExxonMobil is committed to addressing the challenge of sustainability – balancing economic growth, social development and environmental protection. In line with those strategies, ExxonMobil and EMAPPL contribute to programmes in Singapore that support the arts and education, the community and the environment.

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About Gardens by the Bay

An integral part of Singapore’s “City in a Garden” vision, Gardens by the Bay spans a total of 101 hectares of prime land at the heart of Singapore’s new downtown – Marina Bay. Comprising three waterfront gardens – Bay South, Bay East and Bay Central – Gardens by the Bay will be a showcase of horticulture and garden artistry that will bring the world of plants to Singapore and present Singapore to the World. Bay South, the largest at 54 hectares, will officially open on 29 June 2012.

Gardens by the Bay was started as a project by the National Parks Board. It has since grown to become an independent organisation responsible for developing and managing what will be Asia’s foremost garden destination.

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Karen Wong
ExxonMobil Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
(+65) 6885-8275