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SNOC & Emerge JV launch Sharjah's largest solar project

Emerge Limited, a joint venture between Masdar and the EDF Group, breaks ground on SNOC's 60MWp solar PV plant in Sharjah. (Image source: Masdar)

Sharjah National Oil Corporation (SNOC) and Emerge Limited, a joint venture between Masdar and the EDF Group, marked a major milestone with the groundbreaking ceremony for Sharjah's largest solar installation to date

Situated at SNOC's Sajaa Gas Complex, the 60MWp ground-mounted solar PV plant will annually offset 66,000 tons of CO2 emissions, equivalent to removing over 14,600 cars from the road each year.

This project underscores SNOC's commitment to decarbonisation and its target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2032. It aims to significantly reduce SNOC's reliance on traditional fossil fuels while providing a cost-effective source of clean energy. Aligned with the UAE's ambitious Net-Zero 2050 strategy, this initiative promotes renewable energy sources, supporting the country's transition to a sustainable, environmentally conscious future for Sharjah and the broader region.

SNOC CEO, Hatem Al Mosa, stated, "SNOC is happy to witness this significant milestone on its path to achieve Net-Zero by 2032 across its own operations and to support the Emirate of Sharjah’s sustainability agenda and commitment to protecting the environment. We value this strategic cooperation with Emerge, Masdar and EDF and we look forward to more prospects in the same path."

Michel Abi Saab, Emerge general manager, said, "Emerge is proud to be a part of this landmark project, alongside our client SNOC. Our turnkey solutions offer businesses like SNOC the ability to transition towards a sustainable future without upfront costs. This project will empower SNOC to achieve its decarbonisation goals, and also to secure a more cost-effective energy future for the Emirate as a whole. We look forward to its successful completion."

Emerge will handle the entire project lifecycle under a Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) agreement. This includes financing, design, procurement, construction, operation, and maintenance of the solar modules for a period of 25 years.