Malaysia's TNB, Sunseap JV to trial renewable power exports to Singapore

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March 2 (Renewables Now) - Singapore-based Sunseap Group Pte Ltd and Malaysian utility Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) will establish a joint venture (JV) to import 100 MW of renewable power into Singapore from Malaysia.

This will be the first step of a plan to import electricity produced from Malaysia-based renewable power plants into Singapore, the duo said on Tuesday. If the trial turns successful, the JV partners will invest in multiple solar projects in Malaysia and in other clean energy technologies, including hydropower.

The agreed power volumes will be fed through an existing power interconnector between the two countries, with supplies beginning as early as end-2021. The imported power will cover around 1.5% of Singapore’s peak electricity demand.

“This partnership provides a solid regional platform with the capabilities, capacity and network to grow our RE and utility businesses in South East Asia,” said TNB’s president and CEO Datuk Ir Baharin Din. The utility, the largest one in Malaysia, currently has 2.73 GW of renewable energy assets globally.

The trial is in line with Singapore’s strategy to diversify its power mix by tapping regional power grids. It will also explore the viability of the technical and regulatory frameworks for the initiative.

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