Singapore begins import of power from Laos via Thailand and Malaysia

Singapore has started importing power from Laos through the existing Lao Public Democratic Republic (Laos PDR)–Thailand–Malaysia–Singapore Power Integration Project.

Upto 100 MW of clean electricity will be transported to Singapore from hydropower projects in Laos via Thailand and Malaysia. This is the first multilateral, cross-border electricity trade involving four Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, and the first renewable energy import into Singapore. This power exchange is a part of an agreement signed in September 2021 between Singapore based Keppel Electric Pte Limited, a whollyowned subsidiary of Keppel Infrastructure Holdings Private Limited, and Laos PDR’s Electricite du Laos (EDL), to import renewable energy into Singapore. This cross-border power tradeis a step forward in the development of a broader ASEAN Power Grid. In October 2021, Singapore announced plans to import around 30 per cent of its electricity from low-carbon sources such as renewable energy plants, by 2035, to reduce the carbon footprint of its power sector.