EMA Issues Second Request for Proposal for Electricity Imports
01 Jul 2022
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
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.
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
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
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
importers are encouraged to submit their proposals to EMA for consideration, as
soon as possible.
(Refer to Annex
more information on the Singapore Energy Transition.)
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