The engineering procurement and construction (EPC) contract for an US$18 million 6.0 MW solar park to be established in Freetown, Sierra Leone was awarded to Mulk OGI – Oasis Gulf Investment, FZC, part of the Sharjah-based diversified conglomerate affiliated to Mulk Holdings.

The EPC part of the project will be spear headed by Khurram Nawab, founder of Mulk Renewable Energy and inventor of its Solar Technologies portfolio. The solar PV panels will be sourced through a partnership with Masdar PV, a 100% subsidiary of Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s multifaceted initiative for innovative renewable energy technologies, launched and owned by Mubadala Development Company.

The Solar Park in Freetown was selected from over 80 competitive project applications and countries for the first funding cycle of the prestigious International Renewable Energy (Irena/ADFD) project facility. All the selected projects contribute towards helping deal with energy security, improved energy access and a broad socio-economic impact. Further, each project will inspire and enhance the development of renewable energy projects across the globe.

The proposal and implementation of the project in Sierra Leone is going to be carried out by an AED 2 Billion consortium coordinated and initiated by Bahige Annan – the consul general of Sierra Leone in Dubai, UAE and Irena focal point, Siray Timbo − special envoy of the president of Sierra Leone and Filip Matwin, general manager of Advanced Science and Innovation Company (ASIC) LLC, who will also act as the manager of the overall project.

The solar park will produce sufficient energy so as to provide electricity to approximately 3,000 households on average in Sierra Leone. The overall performance complies with 8.5% of Sierra Leone’s total energy consumption. The goal is to achieve 25% of the country’s energy generation from renewable sources by 2015.

Nawab Shaji Ul Mulk, founder and chairman of Mulk OGI – Oasis Gulf Investment, FZC and Mulk Holdings says, “This venture is a big step towards helping us strengthen our base further in the African market and at the same time it has given us a great opportunity to implement our in-house patented solar technology in the PV space.”