Two pioneers recognised for outstanding Power sector contributions

This Jubilee, the Singapore Energy Award salutes those who have been game-changers in our energy landscape.

Securing Singapore's LNG supply

Not many can claim to have played a pivotal role in birthing Singapore's first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal. So it comes as no surprise that Mr Neil McGregor was chosen for this year's Singapore Energy Award "Individual" category award.

Not only did Mr McGregor complete the terminal within budget and with an excellent safety record, he also helped to secure the use of LNG for Singapore. Moreover, he "future-proofed" the nation’s LNG supply by implementing a highly flexible and scalable operating model beyond parameters set by the Government.

Mr Neil McGregor (left) oversaw the completion of the city-state's first LNG Terminal during his tenure as CEO of the Singapore LNG Corporation.
(Photo credit: Singapore LNG Corporation)

With a throughput capacity of 6 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa), the terminal accounts for about 60 percent of Singapore’s total gas demand. To meet strong future demand for gas in Singapore, the terminal will be expanding its operations to handle 11 Mtpa.

Back in 2013, Mr McGregor shared in an interview with ON that his team would "add value to the terminal by
identifying new business opportunities, which may include vessel cool down services, storage & reload (transhipment) services, break bulk services, among others".

Most notably, this was achieved without local precedents and capabilities to draw on. Since then, he has built a strong core of local talent in the LNG sector and continues to advise and guide on the development of the terminal even after stepping down as CEO of Singapore LNG Corporation.

Utilising rooftops to facilitate solar adoption

The Housing & Development Board (HDB) is, quite literally, getting its spot in the sun. The government agency has been utilising the rooftop space of residential buildings to set up solar systems in land-scarce Singapore. Come end-2017, a new tender will see over 900 HDB blocks and eight government sites equipped with solar panels.

The agency has been investing substantially in solar R&D. Under its $31-million Solar Capability Building Programme, HDB has been test-bedding different solar capabilities to build up expertise on solar installations. It has also helped to promote data sharing with other government agencies and the industry. These include learning points such as those on procurement and solar aggregators.

Flexible solar PVs at Woodlands housing estate. (Photo credit: Housing & Development Board)

HDB is additionally championing solar leasing, a business model in which the agency buys only the electricity generated. The power produced could be used to power lifts, corridors and staircase lights in common areas, for instance.

According to HDB, “building solar capabilities in solar PV technology is key to our sustainable development efforts.
This will provide an alternative and renewable energy source for Singapore. As HDB heads towards a wider scale implementation of solar PV technology, we can continue to contribute to Singapore’s research on solar power generation and help to develop the regional solar industry further”.

For its part in driving solar deployment in Singapore, HDB won the Singapore Energy Award "Organisation" category award.