Reliving Singapore’s energy story

Public sector, union and industry officials putting their hands together to launch the Singapore Energy Story exhibition, marking 50 years of our energy journey

With no indigenous energy resources and limited infrastructure, many people did not have access to electricity in the past. But this changed dramatically in the last 50 years. At the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2015, an exhibition was held to relive SG’s energy story.

Through sheer hard work and determination, Singapore has managed to connect every household to electricity. Our city-state has also achieved one of the world’s most reliable electricity supplies, with an average interruption time of less than 1 minute per customer per year.1

Singapore has come a long way since the days of kerosene lamps. However, we must continue to ensure that energy remains affordable, reliable and sustainable – not just for ourselves, but also for future generations.

1 Reference: DNV GL’s 2014 report on update of grid price and performance benchmarking.

Singapore's energy journey can be broadly categorised into four broad themes - Accessibility, Reliability, Efficiency, and Future Ready. As we look back at our past achievements, we must also prepare for the future to keep pace with a rapidly evolving energy landscape.

Accessibility

As a newly independent nation, led by then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, one of our first tasks was to ensure an adequate supply of essential utilities such as electricity.

PUB's Electricity Department launched the 10-year Rural Electrification Programme, costing $20 million, to ensure our homes had access to electricity.

Sharing tips on “How to save electricity” at Serangoon Garden Community Centre

To make bill payments easy. PUB turned a minibus into a mobile collection centre which travelled to rural households


Reliability

In the past, residents often experienced brownouts - dim light due to an unstable power supply - and blackouts with complete power failure. Today, Singapore has one of the fewest and shortest electricity outage in the world. Our electricity grid has an average interruption time of less than 1 minute per customer a year.


Efficiency

Since the 1990s, Singapore began liberalising the energy market to encourage competition and greater efficiency. One important aspect was to boost consumer choice by opening up the retail electricity market.

Contestable consumers can now enjoy a wider range of electricity packages and competitive pricing to better meet their needs and manage their electricity costs.

Local restaurant chain Song Fa Bak Kut Teh shares that it saves 2-3 percent each month on its electricity bill. In addition, 10 town councils now enjoy about 10 percent savings off the regulated electricity tariff today.


Future Ready

We must continue our efforts to secure power that is affordable and sustainable from diverse energy sources. One example is the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Terminal which we built to import LNG from around the world.

The Terminal’s three storage tanks each measures 180,000m3. This is about the size of two Airbus A380 planes stacked on top of the other.

Each LNG tank sits on an area equivalent to about 15 basketball courts (6,358m2).

The LNG Terminal currently has a throughput capacity of 6 million tonnes per annum, which is about 60 percent of Singapore’s total gas demand.