Nusa Dua, CNBC Indonesia – The Southeast Asia Energy Ministers (ASEAN) meeting in Nusa Dua, Bali, for 24-25 August 2023 resulted in at least 12 agreements.
Indonesia and various countries in Southeast Asia through The ASEAN Center for Energy (ACE) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) collaboration to increase energy availability in ASEAN to continue the implementation of the ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) Phase II 2021-2025.
This Memorandum of Understanding was officially signed during the 41st ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM-41) in conjunction with the ASEAN Energy Business Forum (AEBF) 2023, which was held on Friday, 25 August 2023 in Bali, Indonesia. The signing of the MoU was witnessed by the ASEAN Energy Ministers.
“3 Ministers (Indonesia, Laos and Brunei Darussalam) have signed the APG MoU Extension Instrument at AMEM 41. All AMS will sign the APG MoU Extension Instrument at the end of this year,” explained Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) Arifin Tasrif in the signing ceremony The 41st AMEM MoU in Nusa Dua, Bali, Friday (25/8/2023).
Various kinds of MoUs were signed as follows:
1. Indonesia – Malaysia Cross-Border Power Interconnection
AIMS III identified 18 potential cross-border interconnections with a cumulative capacity of 33 GW by 2040, including two proposed interconnectors between Indonesia and Malaysia for feasibility level analysis:
Sumatra, Indonesia – Peninsular Malaysia: ACE, PT PLN (Persero), and Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB)
Collaborating to develop a Feasibility Study for the Sumatra, Indonesia – Peninsular Malaysia Interconnection line. This study will focus on increasing investment in the required facilities, supporting policy development and implementation. The Feasibility Study will determine the technical, financial and economic feasibility as well as the initial environmental impact assessment. Sumatra, Indonesia – The Peninsular Malaysia interconnection will be the region’s first subsea cross-border interconnection.
Kalimantan, Indonesia – Sabah, Malaysia: ACE, PT PLN (Persero), and Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB)
Collaborate to create a feasibility study with a scope similar to the above arrangement that aims to achieve Sustainable Energy Security Interconnectivity in the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines (BIMP) region.
2. UNOPS and GIZ
ACE enters into a strategic partnership with the Southeast Asia Energy Transition Partnership (ETP), a multi-stakeholder platform managed by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), and Clean, Affordable and Secure Energy for Southeast Asia (CASE), a project it is implementing jointly by a consortium of eight entities led by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH to implement the “ASEAN Power Grid Advancement Program or APG-AP” in accelerating the integration of renewable energy through the ASEAN Power Grid.
3. ASEAN-China Clean Energy Cooperation Center (ACCECC) Affairs Managing Agency
ACE and ACCECC Affairs Managing Agency (AMA) signed the MoU, which aims to enhance clean energy collaboration between ASEAN and China. ACCECC will enhance joint research, knowledge sharing and collaborative initiatives in the energy sector that have existed since 2017 through the collaboration between ACE and CREEI. ACCECC will deliver more programs that demonstrate solid synergies in policy, technological advances, financing, and human resource capacity building
4. Korean Development Bank (KDB)
ACE and KDB collaborated closely on the program “Supporting Innovative Mechanisms to Financing Industrial Energy Efficiency in Indonesia with Lessons for Replication in Other ASEAN Member Countries”.
5.Energy Foundation of China (EFC)
ACE has partnered with EFC for the last three years, and this partnership will continue to grow to accelerate the energy transition and ensure energy security in the ASEAN region. This cooperation includes joint research, policy development, and technology adoption.
6. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
ACE and JICA work together to accelerate decarbonization and promote sustainable development in the ASEAN region.
7. Asian Development Bank (ADB)
ACE and ADB have signed MoUs to collaborate on developing clean energy and energy efficiency projects, regional power market and multilateral labor trade arrangements, and regional power interconnection in ASEAN.
8. Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
ACE and JETRO increase collaboration to drive energy transitions in ASEAN countries, advancing efforts towards net zero emissions.
9.National Solar Exchange
ACE and National Solar Exchange embarked on a collaborative project to develop a functional demonstration of a regional energy investment platform.
10. National Energy University (UNITEN)
ACE and UNITEN work together to promote academic, research and industrial collaboration.
11. National Education University (UNDIKNAS)
ACE and UNDIKNAS are collaborating to strengthen research and training efforts.
12. Waseda University
ACE and Waseda University have established a partnership to promote research, educational activities and knowledge exchange.
This collaboration reinforces ACE’s commitment to driving positive change in the energy sector across ASEAN.
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