Singapore to launch trial electricity imports from Malaysia

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SINGAPORE, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- Singapore will import 100 megawatts of electricity for a trial period of two years as part of its plan to explore how to strengthen the regional grid architecture, according to a senior government official.

When delivering his opening remarks at the Singapore International Energy Week 2020 on Monday, Singapore's Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said this trial will help Singapore see how the market works and how the technical challenges can be overcome.

"This will allow the region to share the clean energy sources that different countries may have, and we will start this with Malaysia," he said. "Once the concept takes off, we'll be able to extend this to other regional players."

The minister added that Singapore will be part of the Lao PDR-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore Power Integration Project, which will be a pathfinder to a broader ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) power grid system and underlines the commitment to advance regional power grid as a solution to the region's decarbonization.

According to a press release from Singapore's Energy Market Authority (EMA), the trial aims to assess and refine the technical and regulatory frameworks for importing electricity into Singapore. This would help to facilitate larger-scale imports from the region in future.

The press release said that EMA plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) by March 2021 for 100 megawatts of electricity imports, which will make up about 1.5 percent of Singapore's peak electricity demand. Under this RFP, electricity imports could begin as early as end-2021, via the existing electricity interconnector between Singapore and Malaysia.

EMA said that one importer will be selected through an open and competitive selection process, and potential importers will have to demonstrate their supply reliability, credibility and track record, ability to secure demand from Singapore consumers, and manage the carbon output of generation supply.

The Singapore International Energy Week 2020 kicked off on Monday. Chan also announced at the event that Singapore's government will launch a 49 million Singapore dollars Low-Carbon Energy Research Funding Initiative to support the research, development and demonstration projects in low carbon energy technologies such as hydrogen, and carbon capture, utilization and storage over the next five years.

Meanwhile, he said that the government intends to work with the private sector towards potentially achieving 1.5 GWp of solar deployment in the city-state by 2025, and EMA have joined hands with Keppel Offshore & Marine to award a research grant to pilot Singapore's first floating Energy Storage System. Enditem

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