Singapore-based infrastructure company Keppel and a consortium of Mitsubishi Power Asia Pacific and Jurong Engineering have broken ground on the 600MW Keppel Sakra Cogen (KSC) plant on Singapore’s Jurong Island.

With an investment of S$750m ($567.3m), the combined cycle gas turbine power plant is scheduled for completion in the first half of 2026.

With features including lower emission intensity and higher operational flexibility, it will be one of the most energy-efficient power plants in the country.

It will help to avoid 220,000 tonnes of CO₂ emissions per year, equivalent to taking 47,000 cars off the road.

The KSC plant will be Singapore’s first hydrogen-ready cogeneration plant. Hydrogen has been identified as a significant part of the island nation’s decarbonisation and its commitment to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

The power plant has been designed to co-fire with 30% hydrogen, and can also run entirely on hydrogen.

The plant will produce steam for industrial processes, energy, and for chemical customers on Jurong Island.

Keppel infrastructure division CEO Cindy Lim stated: “As Singapore’s first hydrogen-ready power plant, the Keppel Sakra Cogen Plant represents a decisive step by Keppel to invest in best-in-class power generation technology and to pivot to low-carbon solutions for power generation in good time.

“To this end, Keppel is also working with international partners on low-carbon hydrogen, and hydrogen-derived fuels such as green ammonia, to support the decarbonisation of the energy and chemical industries and the maritime and aviation sectors.” 

The final investment decision on the project was taken by Keppel in August 2022.

The engineering, procurement and construction contract was awarded to the consortium of Mitsubishi Power Asia Pacific and Jurong Engineering.

Mitsubishi will supply its M701J series combined cycle gas turbine variant.

John Cockerill, a Belgian engineering company, is supplying the heat recovery steam generator. The generator will be associated with the gas turbine.