Ministry signs water and sanitation agreements worth SR 452 million

Updated 25 March 2013

Ministry signs water and sanitation agreements worth SR 452 million

The Minister of Water and Electricity, Abdullah bin Abdulrahman Alhasin signed contracts for the implementation of water and sanitation projects across different parts of the Kingdom.
The projects are to cost a total cost of more than SR 452 million, and are part of his overall plan to achieve high growth rates and to keep pace with the accelerating growth in cities and provinces.
One contract includes the first draft for implementation of sewage networks and pumping stations in Biblarshi in the Baha district (first phase), amounted to cost SR 83.12 million and take place over 36 months. The second contract includes a sewage project in Baqaa in Hail, amounted to SR 37.89 million. The duration of the contract is 24 months. A third contract for the project involves supplying chemicals to operate treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants, and drinking water wells in the Eastern Region, amounted to cost SR 34.22 million and with a duration of 12 months.
The plan also includes a fourth contract, which is for developing central water stations in Dammam and Al Khafji in the Eastern Province. This project is projected to cost SR 33.1 million and the duration of the contract is 12 months. The fifth project incorporates a sewage system project in Hail (Phase III) in the amount of SR 26.9 million and duration of implementation determined to be 18 months.
A sixth project included in the contract addresses the operation and maintenance of the water piping system and its features in Abha in the Asir Province, at a cost of SR 22.5 million and with an implementation duration of the contract lasting 36 months. A seventh contract project seeks to establish reservoir and plant water distribution in Alamadh in the district of Khamis Mushayt in Asir.
The cost of the project is set at SR 19.5 million and has an implementation duration of 30 months. Finally, the eighth contract pertains to the implementation of water projects and sanitation in the districts of Almujama, Zulfi and Al Ghat in Riyadh. The project is to cost SR 16.1 million and the duration of the contract is 36 months.

Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

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Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.