This week in energy: stronger ties for Singapore and Vietnam, from CO2 to fresh vegies and Southeast Asia’s biggest battery goes live

Each week, the Asia Natural Gas and Energy Association (ANGEA) compiles stories from the energy world that have caught our eye.

Given the region in which we operate – and our purpose – this collection of content is largely Asia-focussed. But we also look further afield, knowing that developments, trends and technology from around the world also have an impact across our region.

Here’s what’s resonated over the past seven days…

Stronger ties for Singapore, Vietnam
It’s excellent to see two major economies in Southeast Asia in Singapore and Vietnam linking up to strengthen their ties on low carbon energy solutions.

“The close bond between our two countries is an invariable factor to respond to an ever-changing world,” Vietnam prime minister Pham Minh Chinh said.

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From CO2 emissions to fresh vegetables
A great story from one of our members companies in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, who were recognised at Nikkei’s Awards for Excellence for their innovative compact C02 capture system.

The first of the systems has been in operation at a biomass power plant in Hiroshima City and the captured carbon dioxide is being put to use growing vegetables on site.

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Ammonia for the Philippines
Encouraging to read that another ANGEA member in JERA is collaborating with a leading power provider in the Philippines on a study to trial ammonia co-firing in coal plants.

JERA plans to use a 20 per cent ammonia mix at all its coal-fired plants by 2035 and is aiming to develop technology to use 100 per cent ammonia in the 2040s.

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Indonesia getting active in CCUS
We might be reading plenty more about carbon capture, utilisation and storage in Indonesia if this story from Upstream is any guide.

According to the article, Indonesia could have 16 CCUS or CCS facilities in operation in the 2030s, some of them centred around depleted reservoirs and saline aquifers.

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Malaysia, Thailand MOUs to include energy cooperation
Malaysia and Thailand are looking to ramp up their work together on energy and digital economies, with the signing of four MOUs.

Major power generation companies, including the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), will be involved in the collaborations.

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World’s largest carbon capture plant set for a second life
Petra Nova, the world’s largest carbon capture facility, looks like getting a second chance – three years after it was originally shut down.

Emissions captured by the Texas plant were transported to an oil field, where they were injected to pump more crude oil. A decline in oil prices precipitated Petra Nova’s closure but it’s now set to reopen under the watch of new owner JX Nippon.

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Southeast Asia’s largest battery goes live
Southeast Asia’s largest energy storage system has officially gone into action on Jurong Island off Singapore.

With a maximum storage capacity of 285 megawatt-hours, the Sembcorp Energy Storage System can meet the daily electricity needs of about 24,000 four-room flat households in one discharge. It’s set on an area the size of nearly three football fields.

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Living with carbon capture
“An important task for all of us involved in CCS is to demystify what it’s really about. Because it sounds really mystic.”

This Microsoft-produced feature is an absolutely fascinating look at how carbon capture is developing in Norway, including some of the jobs it is helping to create and the potential it holds for hard-to-abate industries.

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