20 Feb 2018

MR No.: 009/18

Singapore, Wednesday, 21 February 2018

  1. Nine Singapore organisations1, with International Enterprise (IE) Singapore’s introduction and facilitation, will be collaborating with the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE)2 on smart utilities including power and water. The DoE signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with the organisations in Singapore while on their five-day visit to learn more about Singapore’s smart utilities landscape and collaborate with Singapore companies to pilot innovative solutions in Abu Dhabi.

  2. The MOUs were signed between the company and DoE representatives on 20 and 21 February 2018. They were witnessed by H.E. Eng. Awaidha Murshed Al Marar, Chairman of DoE, Minister Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources on 20 February 2018 and Minister S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) on 21 February 2018.

  3. 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. Abu Dhabi is investing boldly to boost the efficiency of its utilities by reducing transmission losses in power and water through smart metering and leakage detection 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 S$216.1 billion in smart utilities and renewable energy projects.

  4. This development in the Middle East has opened up opportunities for Singapore smart utilities players, given Singapore’s strong reputation and experience in smart, reliable and sustainable utilities solutions. Leveraging each other’s strengths, IE Singapore and PUB have partnered each other since last year to showcase and market Singapore’s smart utilities solutions and promote bilateral collaborations in the utilities space in the UAE, including with DoE. This has resulted in the MOUs for collaboration on water and power:


    • DoE and PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, will cooperate in capability development and technology development for areas of common interest, including water quality monitoring technologies and water and wastewater networks.
    • Meinhardt will provide capability development training for DoE and its group of companies in operations and maintenance, managing distribution networks, technology adoption etc.
    • Zweec Analytics will provide capability development on water quality monitoring through its fish activity monitoring and alert system, AquaTEC, in Abu Dhabi’s water systems.


    • SP Global Solutions – SP Group’s global training arm – will share digital solutions and best engineering practices to enable DoE to achieve its aim of boosting energy efficiency.
    • Energy Market Company will share knowledge on rule making, compliance and dispute resolution for the power grid network, as well as innovative practices for the electricity market.
    • Diamond Energy will pilot their demand response management and grid maintenance solutions on DoE’s power grid networks.
    • ADDO AI will provide data analytics solutions and services to DoE.
    • Singapore Management University (SMU) and National University of Singapore (NUS) will provide leadership training for DoE’s executive management.
  5. “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, IE Singapore.

  6. “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, PUB. “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.”

  7. “Singapore enjoys one of the most reliable and cost-effective electricity networks in the world. We look forward to sharing best practices with our DoE counterparts and strengthening capabilities through digital technologies to deliver sustainable solutions for customers in Singapore and the UAE,” said Mr Peter Leong, Director, SP Global Solutions.

  8. In Q2 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.



For media enquiries and/or event photos, please contact:

IE Singapore

Ms Cheryl HOW

Manager (Media)

Corporate Communications Group

DID : +65 6433 4655

Email : cheryl_how@iesingapore.gov.sg

PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency

Dilys Quek

Senior Manager

3PN (Communications)

DID: +65 6731 3124

Email: dilys_quek@pub.gov.sg 






About International Enterprise Singapore

IE Singapore is the government agency that promotes international trade and partners Singapore companies to go global.

We attract and anchor global trading companies in Singapore by promoting our unique advantages as a global trading hub. Today, Singapore is home to a complete ecosystem for the energy, agri-commodities and metals & minerals trading clusters.

Through our network of over 35 overseas centres and comprehensive assistance programmes, we partner Singapore companies to strengthen their global competitiveness.

IE Singapore will merge with SPRING Singapore to form Enterprise Singapore in Q2 2018. Enterprise Singapore will enable the growth of Singapore companies through an integrated support network to build business capabilities and access overseas markets.

Visit www.iesingapore.gov.sg for more information.


About PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency

PUB is a statutory board under the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources. It is the national water agency, and manages Singapore’s water supply, water catchment and used water in an integrated way.

PUB has ensured a diversified and sustainable supply of water for Singapore with the Four National Taps (local catchment water, imported water, NEWater, desalinated water).

PUB calls on everyone to play a part in conserving water, in keeping our waterways clean, and in caring for Singapore’s precious water resources. If we all do our little bit, there will be enough water for all our needs – for commerce and industry, for living, for life.

Visit www.pub.gov.sg for more information.





1 The nine organisations are ADDO AI, Diamond Energy, Energy Market Company, Meinhardt, National University of Singapore (NUS), PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency, Singapore Management University (SMU), SP Group, Zweec Analytics.

2 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.