Issue 1 | JANUARY 2012
Singapore International Energy Week 2011:
Securing Our Energy Future

60 countries. 550 exhibitors. Over 20,000 participants.

These were the record numbers seen at the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW), a premier energy event held from 31 October – 4 November 2011. Now in its fourth annual edition, SIEW is regarded as the foremost platform for leading industry professionals to discuss the future of energy.

This year's discussions and debates were focused on "Securing our Energy Future", a timely theme given the Fukushima nuclear crisis and oil supply disruptions in the Middle East and North Africa. Shaping the discourse were energy experts from various governments, industries and international organisations. Thoughts and insights were also shared by ministers and captains of industry such as Peter Voser (CEO, Royal Dutch Shell) and José Gabrielli (CEO, Petrobras).

Singapore Energy Lecture & Summit

One of SIEW's many highlights was the thought-provoking Singapore Energy Lecture (SEL) attended by a 900-strong audience. Delivered by Mr Nobuo Tanaka, former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, he shared a riveting 21st century energy security vision, citing Singapore as an important platform for facilitating and driving enhanced dialogue within the region towards a collective energy future.

Complementing this visionary lecture was the Singapore Energy Summit (SES). Energy luminaries, including Energy Ministers from Southeast Asia, Europe and the United Arab Emirates, were brought together to debate on three key themes – Securing our Energy Future, Energy for Smart Communities, and Power Trends in Southeast Asia.

Over dinner, the future of the global energy industry was discussed in a lively dialogue between Peter Voser and José Gabrielli.

These vigorous, high-level discourses and strong audience turnout were testaments to the value of the Lecture and Summit. They both highlighted pertinent issues related to the securing of Singapore's energy future.

Key Announcements

SIEW 2011 witnessed a flurry of key policy and industry-related announcements, starting with the opening address by Mr S. Iswaran, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Home Affairs & Trade and Industry, at the SEL. Mr Iswaran announced several initiatives including the commencement of a public consultation by end-2011 to gather feedback on the regulatory framework governing electricity imports to Singapore. He went on to share that Nissan and Renault would join the electric vehicle test-bed, and that a Singapore-based consortium comprising of Daily Life Renewable Energy and OKH Holdings were appointed to design, build, own and operate a micro-grid test-bed incorporating clean and renewable energy resources on Pulau Ubin. Mr Iswaran was also the Guest-of-Honour at the official opening of the Experimental Power Grid Centre, with whom EMA works closely to conduct research and analysis on smart-grid technologies. These announcements affirm Singapore's efforts to establish itself as an 'energy hub'.

A Hive of B2B Activity

SIEW 2011 was abuzz with an extensive array of programmes. Best-in-class conferences and exhibitions were held across energy verticals. They included downstream oil and gas, solar and photovoltaics, clean and renewable energy, energy trading, carbon abatement and smart grids. Participants also took advantage of the business development and deal-making opportunities at each exhibition.

Critical industry issues were discussed in informal settings, courtesy of roundtables organised by leading think tanks. Intriguing topics that were addressed included rare earth metals for renewables, behavioural economics, the usage of gas or coal as Asia's fuel of choice and the electricity markets in the region.

SIEW 2012

Inspired by the success of this year's edition, SIEW will return for the fifth time next year from 22 – 25 October 2012. Delegates can look forward to the introduction of two new B2B events – Gas Asia Summit (GAS) and the Asia Future Energy Forum (AFEF). GAS is a conference dedicated to the natural gas industry. It will centre on how gas has emerged as a potential game-changer that can significantly reshape the global energy market. AFEF is part of the World Future Energy Summit series, held annually in Abu Dhabi and is currently the largest clean and renewable energy event globally. It will consist of both a conference and an exhibition to provide more opportunities to the growing renewable energy community.

SIEW 2012 looks set to continue to be the premier platform where policymakers and key decision-makers can come together in one location for a week to map out sustainable solutions for the future.

There are many ways to get involved in SIEW 2012 whether as an attendee, sponsor or media partner. Save your dates now and attend SIEW 2012! For more information, you can go to the SIEW website: www.siew.sg.

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