EMA Issues Second Request for Proposal for Electricity Imports

01 Jul 2022

      Decarbonising the power sector is an important pillar of Singapore’s efforts to address climate change. Electricity imports is one of the “four switches” that Singapore is planning to use to decarbonise our power sector. It is one of the more viable options for Singapore in the near to medium-term as the technology for importing electricity, even over long distances and across seas, is mature and well-established.

2      To prepare for large-scale electricity imports, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) has also been working with various partners over the last few years on trials to import electricity. The trials allow EMA to assess and refine the technical and regulatory frameworks for importing electricity into Singapore. The Lao PDR-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore Power Integration Project (LTMS-PIP) which involves the import of up to 100MW of electricity from Lao PDR to Singapore, via Thailand and Malaysia, commenced last week. This will serve as a pathfinder towards realising the broader ASEAN Power Grid vision of regional electricity trading.

Launch of RFP2

3      As part of EMA’s plans to import up to 4 gigawatts (GW) of electricity by 2035 to decarbonise the energy sector, EMA had issued the first Request for Proposal (RFP1) in November 2021, to import around 1.2 GW of electricity from 2027 onwards. The submission window for the initial bids closed on 14 April 2022. EMA received 20 proposals to supply electricity from sources such as solar, wind, hydro and geothermal power from four countries – Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia and Thailand.

4      EMA issued the second RFP (RFP2) today. Under RFP2, participants may submit non-binding proposals as an Expression of Interest for preliminary discussions with EMA, before developing their proposals further for final submission. Interested participants may submit their proposals any time before 29 December 2023, 3pm (Singapore time) to EMA. EMA may also award Conditional Approvals (CAs) to viable and attractive proposals at any time during the RFP process.

5      Under RFP2, potential importers will have to demonstrate their supply reliability, credibility, track record, cost-competitiveness, and ability to supply and manage the carbon output of their power generation supply. Proposals for electricity supplied using coal-fired generation technologies will not be accepted. More details are available at https://go.gov.sg/imports-rfp2.

Streamlining of RFP1 and RFP2

6      EMA has received requests from RFP1 participants for more time to develop their proposals. To accommodate these requests, EMA will be combining RFP1 with RFP2. Proposals that have been submitted under RFP1 will automatically be considered under RFP2, without having to be submitted afresh.

7      With this streamlined RFP process, Singapore remains on track to meet our imports target of 4GW by 2035. Interested importers are encouraged to submit their proposals to EMA for consideration, as soon as possible.

(Refer to Annex for more information on the Singapore Energy Transition.)

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