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Shell, JTC to study options for 72-MWp solar project in Singapore

  • Jun 17, 2021
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June 17 (Renewables Now) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc (AMS,LON:RDSA) has signed a non-binding pact with Singapore's government agency JTC Corp to study the potential for developing a 72-MWp solar park at an offshore landfill site in Singapore.

The duo has sealed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for what could become the first large-scale solar farm in the Asian city-state, Shell Singapore said on Thursday.

Singapore's National Environment Agency (NEA) and Energy Market Authority (EMA) have backed the plan.

The photovoltaic (PV) project is proposed to be installed on part of the Semakau landfill, which is close to Shell's refining and chemical factory on the island of Pulau Bukom, southern Singapore. With a planned area of up to 60 ha (148.3 acres), the plant will have a capacity of at least 72 MWp and its output will offset 37,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually.

JTC and Shell intend to conduct a Request for Information (RFI) on June 24 to seek "innovative solutions from the market".

The project, if implemented, will contribute to lowering the state's carbon footprint and support its growing clean energy needs. Singapore is seeking to increase its solar power capacity to at least 2 GWp by 2030.

Last year, Shell unveiled a plan to repurpose the Pulau Bukom manufacturing site for the production of more energy transition-resilient products. The strategy aligns with the group's goal to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner.

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