Singapore, Malaysia sign MoU to strengthen energy cooperation

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The Energy Market Authority (EMA) of Singapore and the Energy Commission of Malaysia (ST) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the energy sector.

According to a joint press release, the MoU provides a framework for both organisations to enhance knowledge sharing and technical cooperation in the planning and reliability of gas and electricity systems.

Also included is the regulation of wholesale and retail electricity markets and cooperation at multilateral meetings.

The first activity under the MoU would be a virtual dialogue between EMA and ST in the first half of 2021, to discuss the challenges and impact of COVID-19 on the energy sectors in Singapore and Malaysia.

The dialogue would allow both organisations to share best practices on regulatory responses to support energy markets while safeguarding consumers’ interests.

The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the 13th Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW), with the theme  “Creating Our Low Carbon Energy Future Together,”.

SIEW 2020 however includes both onsite and online streaming elements for participants in Singapore and overseas.

Ngiam Shih Chun, Chief Executive Officer of EMA, said the MoU would strengthen the exchanges between EMA and ST.

He said he looks forward to closer collaboration on issues of mutual interest, such as greater integration of renewable energy into their national grids.

Razib Dawood, Chief Executive Officer of ST, said the industry landscape as a whole is becoming more challenging than ever, especially post COVID-19.

“We look forward to a greater relationship with our peers in Singapore and we are sure that this will be a win-win collaboration for both countries.’’

Following the MoU signing, Ngiam and Razib joined other speakers to share their views on the regulatory challenges facing energy systems during a panel discussion at the SIEW Energy Insights. (Xinhua/NAN)

– Oct. 28, 2020 @ 13:45 GMT |

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