On October 4, 2023, the Sharjah National Oil Corporation (SNOC), and Emerge Company, the joint venture between EDF Group and Masdar signed an agreement to build the largest solar power station. This new solar power station in Sharjah, is expected to be operational by the end of 2024, and will have a capacity of 60 megawatts. 

This important step is regarded as a major landmark for SNOC towards achieving its own de-carbonization and Net-Zero target for 2032, as well as contributing to the UAE Net-Zero by 2050 strategic initiative.

According to the agreement, SNOC and Emerge will implement the solar energy project at its Sajaa Gas Complex site to provide the electrical energy necessary for the complex’s operations, while exporting surplus solar energy during the day to Sharjah Electricity, Water and Gas Authority (SEWA), which in turn will provide the electricity necessary for the SNOC’s operations during the night.

Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah and Chairman of the Sharjah Petroleum Council and SNOC stressed that the establishment of the largest solar energy station in Sharjah is in line with the development initiatives and plans unveiled by the Emirate to enhance energy sources in general and sustainable ones in particular and supports efforts to achieve the strategic goal of the United Arab Emirates to reach carbon neutrality by the year 2050. He also pointed out that the new solar energy station will constitute an important addition to the energy sector in the Emirate as it will provide electrical power using clean and natural solar energy.

Luc Koechlin, Chief Executive Officer Middle East, EDF Group, stated: "EDF is delighted to support this significant partnership between SNOC and Emerge. Emerge's turnkey supply solutions, providing eco-friendly options with no upfront costs, emphasize our commitment to sustainability. This project highlights the strength of partnerships in advancing SNOC's decarbonization goals while delivering environmentally responsible energy solutions".