Singapore to import electricity from Malaysia next year

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SINGAPORE — Singapore will be embarking on a two-year trial for electricity imports from Peninsular Malaysia, according to the Energy Market Authority (EMA).

“To meet our climate change commitments, there is a need to change the way Singapore produces and uses energy.

“Tapping on regional power grids for cleaner energy resources is one strategy to further diversify Singapore’s energy supply,” said EMA on its website.

It said the trial aims to assess and refine the technical and regulatory frameworks for importing electricity into Singapore.

“This would help facilitate larger-scale imports from the region in future.”

EMA said it planned to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) by March for 100 megawatts (MW) of electricity imports, making up about 1.5% of Singapore’s peak electricity demand.

Under the RFP, electricity imports could begin as early as end-2021, through the existing electricity interconnector between Singapore and Malaysia.

EMA said one importer will be selected through an open and competitive selection process.

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.

-Bernama

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