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Singapore Electricity Roundtable 2015 Highlights

Singapore Electricity Roundtable 2015

Arnaud Dubois-Denis from BG Singapore Gas Marketing speaking at the Roundtable

The tenth Singapore Electricity Roundtable, held on 8 July at The St. Regis Singapore, saw strong support from the industry once again.

The majority of participants were representatives from the National Electricity Market of Singapore (NEMS), but we also saw an increased representation from the gas sector this year. Other participants included government officials and operators from the local and regional electricity industries, consultants, service providers, suppliers, bankers, lawyers, and large consumers.

Roundtable participants networking at the event

The event opened with a welcome address by EMC Chairman, Wong Meng Meng. He outlined recent developments in Singapore’s energy landscape, particularly the electricity and gas markets. He also touched on power sector changes in the Philippines and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), as well as gas market developments in Europe and Asia.

Roundtable conference in session

We were privileged to have two gas experts among our distinguished speakers this year.  Arnaud Dubois-Denis, General Manager of BG Singapore Gas Marketing, shared his views on the establishment of an Asian LNG hub. Martin J. van der Lugt, Director of Chambers Street (UK) who flew in from the United Kingdom to participate in the Roundtable, updated us on gas market developments in Europe.

Two other renowned industry veterans spoke at Roundtable 2015. Melinda L. Ocampo, President of the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC), did an insightful presentation on the latest developments in the Philippines’ power industry. Participants also had a peek into the GCC power sector from Lim Yeow Keong, Chief Executive Officer of Sembcorp Salalah Power & Water Company, who spoke on the company’s experience in the setting up of its water and power plant in Oman, including the challenges faced in the process.

Question from a Roundtable participant during one of the sessions

Developments in Singapore were shared by Eugene Toh, Director (Policy) at the Energy Market Authority as well as Toh Seong Wah, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of EMC. Collectively, they provided different perspectives of recent initiatives that have been introduced in Singapore’s power sector to forge a progressive energy landscape for sustained growth in the long run.

Roundtable networking dinner in the elegant The Clifford Pier

The Roundtable ended with a networking cocktail and dinner at The Clifford Pier, a heritage waterfront restaurant at The Fullerton Bay Hotel. Guests were treated to an evening of western classics reminiscent of the landmark’s glorious past, set against the backdrop of the glorious Marina Bay waterfront skyline.

Relaxing cocktail at The Clifford Pier against the Marina Bay waterfront backdrop

We would like to thank all participants for their continued support of the Roundtable. We look forward to welcoming both returning and new participants at the next Roundtable in 2017.