Summary: A new electricity interconnector between Singapore and Malaysia has been completed, doubling capacity to c. 1,000MW. It will be used for cross-border power trade in the Lao PDR-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore Power Integration Project that will import up to 100MW of renewable hydropower from Lao PDR to Singapore. Europe and China both have strong positions in electricity interconnectors.
Why this is important: Delivering responsive and cost effective renewable electricity, such as that from hydro, will be an important element in supporting electrification at the consumer end. But, it will also help the hydro electricity generator, helping them achieve the best price for their product.
The big theme: Many governments around the world have set targets to decarbonise their electricity generation systems. Achieving this requires us to build a lot more renewable electricity generation, but its also about creating a smart electricity grid that is decentralised, flexible, and able to accommodate the demands that the variable generation such as wind and solar brings. This will include electricity storage, interconnectors, demand management, and grid resilience.
Summary of a story from the Singapore Business Review:
The upgrade of the electricity interconnector between Singapore and Malaysia has been completed, doubling the capacity of electricity flow to c. 1,000 MW. As well as supporting bidirectional flow between the two systems, the interconnector will also be used for cross-border power trade in the Lao PDR-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore Power Integration Project, that imports up to 100 megawatts of renewable hydropower from Lao PDR to Singapore through interconnections in Thailand and Malaysia.