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Cross-agency effort to deploy Singapore smart utilities solutions in Abu Dhabi

International Enterprise (IE) Singapore and PUB are working together to help Singapore companies deploy smart utilities solutions and build capabilities in Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to a joint media release, nine Singapore organisations will be collaborating with the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) on smart utilities including power and water. The collaboration was made possible with IE Singapore’s introduction and facilitation.

Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) were signed between the Abu Dhabi DoE and the Singapore organisations during DoE’s five-day visit to Singapore.

The DoE five-day visit aimed to learn more about Singapore’s smart utilities landscape and collaborate with Singapore companies to pilot innovative solutions in Abu Dhabi.

As the largest emirate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Abu Dhabi accounts for 60% of UAE’s GDP, which reached S$462.3 billion in 2016. Traditionally dependent on oil and gas, Abu Dhabi is now diversifying into infrastructure, manufacturing and services.

The Department of Energy (DoE) of Abu Dhabi is the government authority with a mandate to regulate, manage and ensure continuous supply of the energy requirements for the emirates of Abu Dhabi. It is investing boldly to boost the efficiency of its utilities by reducing transmission losses in power and water through smart metering and leakage detection of systems.

Beyond Abu Dhabi, the UAE is taking steps to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and aims to generate almost half the country’s power needs from renewable sources. The UAE has also announced plans to invest over S$200 billion in smart utilities and renewable energy projects.

Such development in the UAE has opened up opportunities for Singapore smart utilities players, given Singapore’s strong reputation and experience in smart, reliable and sustainable utilities solutions.

“With over 400 Singapore companies operating across the emirates, Singapore and the UAE enjoy growing business, trade and investment links. As Abu Dhabi accelerates its economic diversification, it is also modernising its utilities sector. Singapore companies’ smart utilities solutions will do well in Abu Dhabi, especially in water management and electricity grid management. The projects arising from the MOUs will provide Singapore companies with a solid track record as they pursue similar opportunities across the region,” said Mr. G. Jayakrishnan, Group Director of Middle East and Africa Group of IE Singapore.

Since last year, IE Singapore and PUB have partnered each other to showcase and market Singapore’s smart utilities solutions and promote bilateral collaborations in the utilities space in the UAE, including with DoE.

This collaboration has led to the signing of several MOUs in water and power.

“Through building a robust and sustainable supply of water for Singapore, we have developed strengths in water management and a vibrant water industry that spans the entire water value chain,” said Dr Pang Chee Meng, Director for Industry Development of PUB.

The three water-related MOUs signed are that:

(1) DoE and PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, to cooperate in capability development and technology development for areas of common interest, including water quality monitoring technologies and water and wastewater networks.

(2) Meinhardt to provide capability development training for DoE and its group of companies in operations and maintenance, managing distribution networks, technology adoption, etc.

(3) Zweec Analytics to provide capability development on water quality monitoring through its fish activity monitoring and alert system, AquaTEC, in Abu Dhabi’s water systems.

 “We hope that through the sharing of experiences and knowledge, the water partnerships with DoE and their sector of companies will result in the co-creation of more innovative water solutions that will benefit both Singapore and Abu Dhabi, as well as the global water industry,” Dr Pang added.

At the same time, five power-related MOUs were signed. They include:

(1) SP Global Solutions, the global training arm of the SP Group, to share digital solutions and best engineering practices to enable DoE to achieve its aim of boosting energy efficiency.

(2) Energy Market Company to share knowledge on rule making, compliance and dispute resolution for the power grid network, as well as innovative practices for the electricity market.

(3) Diamond Energy to pilot their demand response management and grid maintenance solutions on DoE’s power grid networks.

(4) ADDO AI to provide data analytics solutions and services to DoE.

(5) Singapore Management University (SMU) and National University of Singapore (NUS) to provide leadership training for DoE’s executive management.

Going forward, tn the second quarter of 2018, IE Singapore will be leading a smart utilities mission to the Middle East to help more companies explore opportunities across the region, including the UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

IE Singapore is the government agency that promotes international trade and partners Singapore companies to go global. It attracts and anchors global trading companies in Singapore while partners Singapore companies to strengthen their global competitiveness.

In April 2018, IE Singapore will merge with SPRING Singapore to form Enterprise Singapore. The new government agency will leverage our core strengths in internationalisation and SPRING’s expertise in helping SMEs, providing Singapore companies with a holistic and integrated network to build capabilities and access overseas markets.

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