EMA Seeking Proposals for Electricity Imports Trial

05 Mar 2021

        The Energy Market Authority (EMA) has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the appointment of an importer for a two-year trial to import electricity from Peninsular Malaysia.

2.      To meet our climate change commitments, there is a need to change the way Singapore produces and uses energy. Regional power grids are one of the four switches for power supply in Singapore, which will help us achieve a more reliable, affordable and cleaner energy future. (Refer to Annex for more information on the four switches.)

3.      The trial, announced by Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing at the Singapore International Energy Week 2020, aims to test the technical and regulatory frameworks for importing electricity into Singapore. This will help to facilitate larger-scale imports from the region in future.

4.      Under this RFP, up to 100 megawatts (MW) of electricity will be imported for sale in Singapore, via an existing undersea cable between the two countries. This constitutes around 1.5% of Singapore’s peak electricity demand in 2020, which can power approximately 144,000 four-room HDB flats for a year.

5.      During the two-year trial, the imported electricity should preferably be from low-carbon sources. Proposals for electricity imported from coal-fired generation sources will not be accepted. Potential importers will have to demonstrate their supply reliability, credibility and track record, ability to secure demand from Singapore consumers, and plans to manage the power supply’s carbon emissions.

6.      Interested parties are invited to submit proposals by 4 June 2021, 3pm (Singapore time). More details on the RFP are available online at www.ema.gov.sg/rfp-electricity-importer-2021.

Annex: Factsheet on Singapore's Vision to be a Bright Green Spark


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