EMA reveals pre-emptive measures for SG's energy security
The measures are temporary and for review by 31 March 2022.
The Energy Market Authority (EMA) announced they are taking pre-emptive measures to safeguard Singapore's energy security and resilience in light of the developments in the global energy sector.
According to the EMA, they will establish standby fuel facilities that generation companies (gencos) can draw upon if needed to generate electricity. They will also inform gencos to contract sufficient fuel to at least meet the demands of customers of their retail arms. Lastly, the EMA will work with gencos and direct them to generate electricity using fuel from the standby facilities if needed to maintain system stability.
Increased gas consumption from recovering economic activity, severe weather events and a series of gas production outages have disrupted supplies and sent global market prices to new highs. Domestically, upstream production issues in Indonesia’s West Natuna gas field have resulted in reduced output, which is likely to last until the end-2021. Gas pressure from South Sumatra has decreased due to higher demand from gas users both upstream and in Singapore.