In West Africa, the Sierra Leone government has announced that it has made critical steps towards enabling the implementation of a landmark 6MW solar park in Freetown.The solar park project, that will be carried out by a consortium of ASIC and Mulk-OGI, has received financial backing from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD).
Sierra Leone's minister of energy H.E. Henry said: “…On behalf of the government…we would like to extend our gratitude to IRENA for coordinating the selection process, the ADFD for extending $9 million as part funding to the government of Sierra Leone and to ASIC and Mulk-OGI that will lead the project management and EPC of the project respectively.”
He continued: “This important project will place Sierra Leone on the global map of sustainable renewable energy and provide valuable knowledge transfer and necessary supporting infrastructure, and further strengthen the existing cordial relationship between the governments of Sierra Leone and the United Arab Emirates….”
Solar park project – scope extended
The solar park project, which will also include a 161kV transmission line, distribution networks, as well as a substation, is said to benefit urban and western rural districts around the country's capital city, Freetown.
Commenting on the development, Khurram K Nawab, the managing director of MULK-OGI said: “Mulk-OGI an associate company of Mulk Renewable Energy, a global EPC entity, is extremely pleased to be part of the Solar Project in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
"We look forward to the exciting challenge ahead of executing the EPC contract at the earliest."
According a joint-company media statement the solar park Freetown project is specially designed to include a number of institutional and critical human resource arrangements for sustainable management and international best practices of the project facility.
These international best practices will enable the most efficient implementation of sustainable renewable energy and knowledge transfer for Sierra Leone’s particular geographic and socio-economic situation.