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Chairman Liu Zhenya Delivered Keynote Speech at Singapore Energy Summit During the 10th Singapore International Energy Week
Accelerating GEI for A New Picture of World’s Sustainable Development

On October 23, Mr. Liu Zhenya, Chairman of Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO) and Chairman of China Electricity Council (CEC), attended the Singapore Energy Summit during the 10th Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) and delivered a keynote speech titled “Accelerating GEI for A New Picture of World’s Sustainable Development” at the opening session.
With the theme of “Rethinking Energy; Navigating Change”, the 10th SIEW brought together more than 700 invited delegates from government agencies, international organizations, energy businesses and research institutes from ASEAN countries and other countries in the region. Teo Chee Hean, Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister, attended the opening session and delivered a speech.
As Chairman Liu noted in his speech, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered an important speech at UN Sustainable Development Summit on September 26, 2015, proposing “discussion on establishing a global energy network to facilitate efforts to meet the global power demand with clean and green alternatives”. This proposition blazed a new trail for transforming global energy mix and coping with climate change and has thus won widespread acclaim and positive responses from the international community. Chairman Liu expounded on what Global Energy Interconnection is about, why we should build such a network and how to build it. According to Liu, we already have the necessary resource, technological, economic, market and political conditions for building Global Energy Interconnection, which is highly relevant to implementing UN Sustainable Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement, building a shared future for mankind and achieving sustainable development.
According to Chairman Liu, Southeast Asia is faced with daunting challenges such as fast growth in energy demand, unbalanced energy mix and power shortage. Against this backdrop, building an energy network holds the key to rooting out energy problems in the region. The general guideline is that countries’ efforts should be based on their resource endowment and energy development strategy and be aimed at meeting their energy demand in economic and social development. Countries in the region should develop clean energy, speed up grid upgrading and promote cross-border grid connection (for example, to strengthen grid connectivity among China, Bangladesh, India and Southeast Asian countries) and enhance the capacity to optimize power allocation at large scale, so that we can build a Southeast Asian energy network featuring close regional connection, efficient trans-regional allocation and complementary energy supplies.
Liu also emphasized that to build such a network among Southeast Asian countries, it is imperative to speed up the development of clean energy bases, advance cross-border and trans-regional grid connection projects and improve regional power cooperation mechanism. Steps should be taken steadily to first harvest the low-hanging fruits before cracking any hard nuts, achieving grid connection among major countries by 2030 and a complete Southeast Asian energy network by 2050. Upon completion, the network will generate tremendous benefits in various areas, helping secure power supply and promoting energy transformation, economic growth and regional integration.
Delegates at the summit thought highly of the proposition of developing Global Energy Interconnection. They believe the network will provide new approaches to energy transformation in Southeast Asia and will serve as an effective scheme to achieve sustainable energy development and hence, countries in the region should deepen practical cooperation to facilitate its construction.
The trip also saw Mr. Liu and his delegation visit Indonesia and Singapore and hold talks with Lim Hong Hin, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN, Bapak Saleh Abdurrahman, Secretary-General of National Energy Council (DEN) of Indonesia, senior staff members of Perusahaan Listrik Negara, Simon Tay, Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, etc. In-depth exchanges of views were made and important consensus reached on building a Southeast Asian energy network and promoting clean development, connectivity and energy transformation, etc. The delegation also visited the Mission of the P. R. C. to ASEAN, where Mr. Liu briefed about the visit and won support from the Mission.


Liu Zhenya met with Lim Hong Hin, DSG of ASEAN

The notion of Global Energy Interconnection has won widespread recognition and positive responses. According to Lim Hong Hin, DSG of ASEAN, ASEAN’s growth pattern is unsustainable due to its reliance on fossil energy. He thinks the encouraging vision of Global Energy Interconnection points out a direction for ASEAN countries to get out of the fossil energy dilemma, hence he would introduce and promote the notion in ASEAN countries. He also noted that since ASEAN is now actively engaged in improving cross-border grid connectivity, there is huge space and potential for cooperation with GEIDCO. Bapak Saleh Abdurrahman, SG of National Energy Council (DEN) of Indonesia, said he was deeply impressed by UHV technology and would fully support Global Energy Interconnection. He believes it is a realistic and attainable goal to achieve global grid interconnection by 2050. He also noted that since the Indochinese Peninsula is rich in hydropower and Indonesia is rich in geothermal resources, clean energy development and grid connection would benefit all parties concerned. According to Abdurrahman, the Indonesian government and GEIDCO share the same goal in promoting clean development, and hence have a broad prospect for cooperation. Senior staff members of Perusahaan Listrik Negara also strongly agree with GEIDCO about developing Global Energy Interconnection and hope to strengthen communication and cooperation with GEIDCO on operating energy systems with a high proportion of clean energy, high voltage submarine cable technology, etc. Simon Tay, Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), remarked that Global Energy Interconnection provided a sustainable energy solution which not only addressed concerns in the power sector, but also those at the national, regional and global level. Tay believes that clean development is the general trend of development and the vision of Global Energy Interconnection is sure to come true. He hopes that think tanks like SIIA can also play a due part in facilitating the progress.