The Energy System Review Committee, which was established to recommend improvements to Singapore’s electricity and gas systems after a major blackout in June 2004, has urged Singapore to move immediately to an open access, interconnected gas transmission system and to resolve existing commercial issues by the end of 2005. If the recommendation is adopted, Singapore could have a liberalised gas market by the end of this year.
In an open access system, any gas producer can offer gas into a common pool and importers can draw from it to meet their needs. At the moment this is impossible, as the three pipelines transporting gas supply from Indonesia and Malaysia are not interconnected.
The move towards a liberalised market will start with the setting up of a common carrier for gas transport from the Indonesia/Singapore waters.