Saudi Arabian Railways to transport phosphate to EP

Updated 05 February 2014
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Saudi Arabian Railways to transport phosphate to EP

The Saudi Railways Organization (SRO) has awarded Saudi Arabian Railways (SAR) the operational license to transport phosphate from Al-Jalamid mine, Northern Province, to Ras Al-Khair Port, Eastern Province.
SRO President Mohamed bin Khalid Al-Suwaiket said the operational license will empower the company to operate four trains to transport phosphate on the North-South Railways (NSR) from Al-Jalamid mine to Ras Al-Khair. The 1,486 km-long train line will pass through a number of warehousing areas and junctions, he said.
Based on SAR’s data, the project, formerly known as the North-South Railways (NSR), is the largest railway project in the world that is currently under construction.
On completion, the SAR project will be approximately 2,750 km-long.
The project consists of two main lines, one originating in Riyadh and running northwest toward Al Haditha near the Jordanian border. This line will pass through Majma’a, Qassim, Hail and Al-Jouf.
The second main line will run from Al-Jalamid mine in the Northern Province, pass through Al-Jawf and Hail till a point referred to as “AlBaithah Junction” in Qassim province. It will then proceed eastward to the processing and export facilities in Ras Al-Khair in Eastern Province.


Major boost for Al-Jouf as Saudi king set to announce new city

King Salman arrived in Al-Jouf on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 21 November 2018
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Major boost for Al-Jouf as Saudi king set to announce new city

  • The king will launch Waad Al-Shamaal, a new city aimed at boosting the country’s mining infrastructure

JEDDAH: Projects worth several billion riyals are to be unveiled by Saudi Arabia’s king this week as he continues his tour of the country’s regions.
King Salman arrived in the province of Al-Jouf on Tuesday night where he will announce the construction of a new city, bolstering the local economy and creating thousands of jobs in Saudi Arabia’s most northern region.
On Thursday, the king will launch Waad Al-Shamaal, a new city aimed at boosting the country’s mining infrastructure, the Saudi Press Agency reported. 
He will lay the foundation stone for the first phase of the SR85 billion ($22 billion) city in Toriaf province — worth SR55 billion —  and is also set to inaugurate the projects and facilities of the second phase — worth SR30 billion.
In the past two months the king has visited a number of major cities, announcing projects and initiatives to develop the Kingdom inline with Vision 2030 — a broad strategic plan to diversify the economy and end dependence on oil revenues.
Before arriving in Al-Jouf, King Salman visited Tabuk, where several projects worth more than SR11 billion were launched.
He also met the team heading Amaala, the ultra-luxurious tourist destination that was unveiled in September and dubbed the “Riviera of the Middle East,” and was briefed on plans for the new attraction.
King Salman praised Amaala’s objectives to contribute to promoting economic diversification, creating investment opportunities for the private sector, and developing the tourism sector in Saudi Arabia while preserving the cultural and environmental heritage.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced yet another major project in western Saudi Arabia.
Wadi Al-Disah Development Project, which is expected to become one of the Kingdom’s most environmentally diverse tourist attractions, adds to a number of already launched ventures on western coastal regions.
PIF will establish a company to develop Wadi Al-Disah in accordance with international best practices regarding environmental conservation and sustainable development.
In addition to this week’s tour, the king has so far visited Madinah, Qassim and Hail.