Ms He Ting Ru: To ask the Minister for Trade and Industry (a) whether the flow of electricity from Lao PDR to Singapore under the Lao PDR-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore Power Integration Project (LTMS-PIP) has remained stable; (b) whether an update can be provided on the amount of electricity imported to Singapore since 23 June 2022; (c) whether there are plans or discussions to expand the amount of energy imported under the LTMS-PIP; and (d) whether there are plans for the energy under the LTMS-PIP to be exported out of Singapore.
Written Answer by Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong
1. Since the Lao PDR-Thailand-Malaysia-Singapore Power Integration Project (LTMS-PIP) commenced on 23 June 2022 until 31 October 2022, more than 170,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity had been imported to Singapore from Lao PDR.
2. The flow of electricity has been stable. The LTMS-PIP shows that it is economically and technically feasible for electricity to be traded across long distances, and that it can be mutually beneficial for countries in our region to collaborate on cross-border electricity trading. The LTMS Project will accelerate our collective efforts towards the realisation of the ASEAN Power Grid (APG), and will serve as the pathfinder towards enhanced interconnectivity, energy security and sustainability in our region.
3. At the third LTMS Ministerial Meeting held on 15 September 2022, Ministers from the four countries issued a joint statement that welcomed further discussions on enhancements and future plans to support multilateral power trade.