Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA) is embarking on a two-year trial for electricity imports from Peninsular Malaysia to Singapore.

The trial aims to assess and refine the technical and regulatory frameworks for importing electricity into Singapore, which would help to facilitate larger-scale imports from the wider region in future.

The EMA by March 2021 plans to issue a Request for Proposal for 100 megawatts of electricity imports that will make up about 1.5% of Singapore’s peak electricity demand.

Under this RFP, electricity imports could begin as early as the end of next year via the existing electricity interconnector between Singapore and Malaysia.

One importer will be selected through an open and competitive selection process. Potential importers will have to demonstrate their supply reliability, credibility and track record, ability to secure demand from Singapore consumers and manage the carbon output of generation supply, according to the EMA.


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The Lion City today imports pipeline gas from neighbours Malaysia and Indonesia and also imports liquefied natural gas.