Singapore’s sole piped town gas producer and the nation’s gas utility provider, City Energy, and clean energy solutions provider Gentari Sdn Bhd (Gentari), a wholly-owned subsidiary of PETRONAS, have signed two Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to jointly conduct feasibility studies of a hydrogen supply chain from Malaysia to Singapore, as well as to work together to allow customers to access both parties’ electric vehicle (EV) charging network, so that EV drivers can have a seamless cross-border charging experience across Singapore and Malaysia.
Under the partnership, City Energy and Gentari will leverage each other’s strengths, expertise, and resources to pursue opportunities in the import of hydrogen into Singapore. In addition to supporting Singapore’s National Hydrogen Strategy, which was announced in October 2022 as a key decarbonization pathway to support Singapore’s international climate commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, the agreements enable City Energy to explore alternate sources of hydrogen to reinforce its decarbonization efforts. Both parties will also explore other hydrogen-related opportunities.
The first MOU, in relation to the hydrogen feasibility studies, was signed between Mr. Perry Ong, Chief Executive Officer of City Energy, and Michèle Azalbert, Chief Hydrogen Officer of Gentari.
“This strategic partnership between City Energy and Gentari is a key development for us. As City Energy is the sole piped town gas provider for more than 880,000 homes and businesses, City Energy is well placed to establish a hydrogen supply for the future production of our town gas. We are excited to collaborate with Gentari to develop a hydrogen supply chain that will contribute to our nation’s hydrogen strategy,” said Mr. Perry Ong, Chief Executive Officer of City Energy.
Hydrogen is the largest component in town gas produced at City Energy’s Senoko Gasworks plant, making City Energy one of the largest last-mile carriers of hydrogen in Singapore. The collaboration with Gentari follows City Energy’s ongoing feasibility studies with leading industry partners and institutes of higher learning to explore alternative sources of hydrogen.
“While Gentari aims to become the go-to industry partner for clean hydrogen, we want to be able to provide integrated clean energy solutions for customers in Asia Pacific, among others. The collaboration with City Energy is taking a step towards the right path in providing that solution. We believe this partnership will be the first of many in Singapore. We are committed to supporting Singapore in achieving net zero emissions by 2050,” said Azalbert, Gentari’s Chief Hydrogen Officer.
Gentari aims to produce up to 1.2 million tonnes per annum of clean hydrogen to address the future increase in clean energy demand. The collaboration with City Energy will accelerate the adoption of clean hydrogen as an energy source and signifies a commitment to providing clean hydrogen from Malaysia to Singapore.