What people are talking about
UAE’s Masdar to launch the Cirata floating solar PV project which will be the largest floating PV project in Indonesia and #5 globally at 145MW. It should be operational by the end of 2022. Masdar also joined BP’s offshore wind-to-green hydrogen project, HyGreen Teeside, in the UK which will initially be 60MWe (MW electrical) but scale up to 500MWe by 2030.
Australian APA Group and Wesfarmers signed an MOU for pre-feasibility studies to convert a section of a natural gas pipeline to green hydrogen.
ODE, led by Jinho Paik in South Korea, will be Owner’s Engineer for Vena Energy’s 384MW Yokji Offshore Wind project near Yokjido Island near Geoje.
Span’s BlueFloat Energy hired Michael Pinkerton as Taiwan country manager.
Japan’s Eurus Energy is partnering with Australian advisory firm Energy State to develop the Hunter Hydrogen Network, a green hydrogen hub in Australia and a dedicated hydrogen pipeline extending between New South Wales and Newcastle. Existing partners include AGL Energy, APA Group, ITM Power, Idemitsu, and Trafigura.
Malaysian high voltage specialist, PESTECH International, and French hydrogen company Hydrogene de France (HDF Energy) signed an MOU to explore green hydrogen projects in Southeast Asia, focused on producing hydrogen from hydroelectric in Cambodia and Malaysia.
Orsted and the Penghu Marine Biology Research Center in Taiwan have developed a non-invasive methodology for coral seeding, in vitro fertilisation, larvae transport, and larvae attachment to wind turbine foundations and will attempt to deploy this in Taiwan.
What we are currently working on
For the full job descriptions regarding the roles below, please contact us.
Associate Director, Project Finance, Infrastructure Development, Singapore
Business Developer, C&I, South Korea
Carbon Project Developer, Remote from Asia
Product Solutions Integration Manager, ANZ, Smart Energy Management
Grid Connection Head, South Korea
Head of Grid Connections, Taiwan
Senior Project Manager, Solar, Taiwan
Commercial Engineering Manager, South Korea
Commercial Engineering Manager, Solar, Taiwan
Changing landscape: Singapore’s new points-based Employment Permit (EP) system
Singapore will be introducing new changes to its EP process. From the 1st of September 2023 onwards, relevant candidates need at least 40 points under the Complementarity Assessment Framework (COMPASS) to pass.
There are four foundational criteria to determine eligibility with two coming from assessment of the individual and two coming from assessment of the employer:
The individual’s salary
The individual’s qualifications
The firm’s attributes of diversity
The firm’s support for local employment.
20 points are awarded if the candidate exceeds expectations, 10 points if they meet expectations, and 0 points if they do not meet expectations in the respective categories. As an example, for qualifications, 20 points are awarded to candidates from a top-tier institution, 10 points to a candidate with a degree, and 0 points to those with no degree.
Further, there are 2 additional bonus criteria: skills bonus and strategic economic priorities bonus. As an example, if a candidate possesses technical skills that are not readily available in the local labour pool, then that candidate is awarded an additional 20 points. The exact list of shortage occupations contributing to skills bonus as economic priorities list will be announced by March 2023.
A summary of the new points system is shown below:
What is the purpose of this new system and what would it mean for the hiring scene?
What this may mean for the renewable energy hiring landscape is perhaps a concentration of foreign talent in areas designated as shortage occupations. For example, Singapore has indicated that technology development and technology innovation roles will likely continue to be a shortage occupation, thus we expect to see more foreigners hired into roles such as SCADA, information technology system administration, and programmers.
On the contrary, in areas not designated as shortage roles but where Singaporeans have less experience, such as in large-scale solar development, employers will be forced to choose between training up a Singaporean, increasing the points of candidates such as hiring only from top tier universities or paying above local PMET salary norms, re-locating the role overseas where there is qualified talent, or another creative solution.
We at Aurex Group, encourage any discussion from clients who want to better understand the COMPASS process better and what it would mean for their business. We also welcome candidates who have talent in the above mentioned spaces, to come forward and have these conversations with us.
We always look forward to keeping in touch and exchanging ideas, insights, and opinions. If you are a company considering hiring, we welcome the opportunity to present our services and capabilities. If you are a candidate, please check our jobs page or reach out to us to discuss your background, skills, and future aspirations.
Consultant, Power Generation, Asia
Aurex Singapore Pte Ltd
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