As part of Singapore International Energy Week, the government has launched an official hydrogen strategy for the island nation. The roadmap forecasts that 50% of Singapore’s electricity demand in 2050 will be met by hydrogen fuel (via closed cycle gas turbines). Ammonia plays a key role in the maritime sector’s multi-fuel transition, with other direct uses emerging in Singapore’s energy future: fertiliser, industrial feedstock and power generation.
In his remarks launching the strategy, Singapore Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong announced that an EoI process for a small-scale, commercial project using ammonia fuel for power generation would be opened in the coming months. The government aims for electricity from this project to enter Singapore’s grid as soon as 2027, with additional hopes that this project will help “catalyse” development of supply chains for ammonia bunker fuels.
Bunkering & power generation
Singapore’s progress towards ammonia bunker fuel is well documented here at Ammonia Energy. The new strategy emphasizes the importance of early steps taken, noting that the government is closely monitoring “key signposts”, particularly the development of regulations & standards to enable ammonia bunkering.
The roadmap suggests a key use for ammonia imports to Singapore will be for power generation: both direct use of ammonia fuel and cracking to produce hydrogen fuel. Ammonia-fueled gas turbines are expected to be commercially available in the middle of this decade, with cracking to enable 100% hydrogen-fueled gas turbines (available by 2030).