Genting Singapore reported slowdowns in the US$ 4.5 billion expansion of Resorts World Sentosa (RWS 2.0) and disclosed that the project was disrupted due to construction delays caused by COVID-19.
The group is working closely with the government on the mega-expansion plan, but the timing of RWS 2.0 will be affected by the disruption of the construction industry and the global supply chain triggered by COVID-19.
It was also delayed due to the design changes needed to adapt to the health and safety requirements of the post-coronavirus environment.
The affected construction contracts include an attraction called ‘Once a Pirate’ as well as the extension of Universal Studios Singapore’s two new attractions – Minion Park and Super Nintendo World.
Genting Singapore did not disclose how long the construction delays would be, although RWS 2.0 was originally slated to be open in phases between 2022 and 2025.
RWS 2.0 would increase the gross floor area of Resorts World Sentosa’s leisure and entertainment space by 50 percent with an additional 164,000 square metres.
The Maritime Experiential Museum would be taken over by the S.E.A. Aquarium expansion and rebranded as the Singapore Oceanarium, where the public can enjoy displays of marine life and learn from exhibits of prehistoric sea creatures.
The enhanced waterfront promenade will boast of two hotels, and more dining and lifestyle experiences including a multi-purpose zone for festivals and events.
Resorts World Sentosa current attractions include Universal Studios Singapore, Adventure Cove Waterpark and Dolphin Island.
Genting Malaysia Bhd also recently confirmed the delay of Genting SkyWorlds’ opening, from Q4 2020 to Q2 2021. The outdoor theme park in Malaysia, which will feature 20th Century Fox attractions, is a year behind schedule due to the Covid-19 pandemic.