Judicious power use could save SR 7.7 billion

Updated 14 November 2012
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Judicious power use could save SR 7.7 billion

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will invest more than SR 500 billion into electricity projects during the next 15 years, said Dr. Saleh Al-Awaji, deputy minister for electricity affairs. Rationalization of power consumption could help the Kingdom save SR 7.7 billion annually, he added.
Speaking to reporters in Riyadh, he said about 60 percent of electricity supply in the Kingdom is consumed by homes, mainly for the purpose of air-conditioning. “This can be reduced by 40 to 50 percent by adopting power-saving systems and measures,” he said.
Al-Awaji said demand for electricity in the Kingdom was growing at the rate of 9% annually during the past 30 years. “Citizens should play a vital role in reducing wastage of electricity.”
Saudi Arabia currently generates more than 55,000 megawatts .
Total electricity subscribers in the Kingdom rose to 7 million last July, Al-Awaji said, adding that maximum load on power network reached 51,000 megawatts. He said the Kingdom would require 85,000 megawatts by the end of 2020 to meet demand.
About 76 percent of electricity is consumed by homes, traders and government buildings. Energy-saving airconditioners can reduce consumption from 60 to 20%. The use of oil for power production will increase from 4 to 8 million barrels per year by 2030.


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.