- Masdar, Tuas Power, EDF Renewables and PT Indonesia Power have entered a solar MoU
- They plan to explore the development of 1.2 GW solar power with storage capacity in Indonesia
- Power generated is proposed to be exported to Singapore as the latter seeks low carbon electricity to meet future energy needs
Indonesia could host 1.2 GW solar power capacity with storage to export generated electricity to Singapore under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between Abu Dhabi’s Masdar, Singapore’s Tuas Power, France’s EDF Renewables and PT Indonesia Power.
The partners said they will explore the development of this capacity within Indonesia targeting exports to its neighbor Singapore as the country looks to import 4 GW of low-carbon electricity by 2035 which will represent 35% of its total power supply.
Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA) launched the 1st request for proposals (RFP) seeking suppliers for 600 MW to 1.2 GW low carbon electricity by 2027 in November 2021. Remaining quantities of the 4 GW plan will be issued under RFP 2 in Q2/2022, to start delivering clean energy from 2028 onward.
While Tuas Power counts its parent Huaneng Power International’s expertise in large scale renewable projects as a positive for the partnership, EDF Renewables’ parent EDF will lead the development of subsea cable project to power export. EDF Renewables’ Southeast Asia Director Yalim Ozilhan said, “This project will expand our presence in the region even further, following on from our current activities in Vietnam and Indonesia.”
Masdar is already present in Indonesia where it is developing a 145 MW AC floating solar project with PT PLN (see Financial Closure For 145 MW AC Floating PV Project).
“Indonesia holds tremendous potential for renewable energy and Masdar is already supporting the development of the nation’s renewable energy sector,” explained UAE Ambassador to Indonesia and the ASEAN, Abdulla Salem Al Shaheri. “We look forward to also being able to support Singapore on its clean energy objectives.”
Subsea cabling has come to present a significant economic and infrastructure opportunity for the world to make use of solar power, especially for countries that are short of land to host large scale PV projects.
In case of Singapore, it is already in line to receive solar power via subsea cables to be generated by Sun Cable’s gigantic solar power plant with up to 20 GW capacity it is developing in Australia. At the same time, Singapore’s Sunseap has also announced aa 7 GW solar with storage plan to come up on Indonesia islands to cater to both the island nations (see EOI For Offtakers From AAPowerLink Project).