Sembcorp Industries has secured a contract to build a 60 megawatt-peak (MWp) floating solar photovoltaic (PV) system in Singapore.

The company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Sembcorp Floating Solar Singapore signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Singapore’s National Water Agency PUB to develop the floating solar PV system on the Tengeh Reservoir.

The announcement comes around three months after PUB appointed Sembcorp to design, build, own and operate the project.

As agreed, Sembcorp Floating Solar Singapore will install more than 146,000 solar panels on corrosion-resistant floats at the Tengeh Reservoir in Tuas. The deployment will cover an area of around 45 football fields.

Pre-deployment studies have already been carried out to ensure that the project poses minimal impact on the environment and water quality.

Once complete, the floating solar PV system will be the largest in the country and will be capable of generating enough energy to power around 16,000 four-room HDB flats for a year.

The project is expected to help in eliminating around 32 kilotonnes of carbon emissions annually.

Sembcorp Industries group president and CEO Neil McGregor said: “Sembcorp is privileged to partner PUB in their ongoing sustainability journey, greening their waterworks as well as producing more solar power in Singapore’s total electricity mix.

“As we continue to reshape our portfolio towards renewables, we are excited to apply our proven capabilities and innovations in this field on this landmark project.

“When complete, the Tengeh floating solar installation will not only represent a world-class engineering feat but also help to support Singapore’s solar target of 2 gigawatt-peak (GWp) by 2030.”

The project is expected to become fully operational next year, following which, it will supply solar power to meet daily operational requirements at PUB’s five local waterworks, including Marina Barrage.