ECRA: Power generation and transmission projects need SR526bn

Updated 11 July 2014
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ECRA: Power generation and transmission projects need SR526bn

A whopping sum of SR 526 billion is needed for the implementation of power generation, transmission and distribution projects, local media said quoting a report released by the Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (ECRA).
Based on a study on the estimated cost of electricity services during 1430-1441H, power generation will cost SR335 billion, or 63.7 percent of the overall costs, transmission SR121 billion (23 percent) and distribution SR70 billion (13.3 percent), the report said.
According to the estimates, the maximum power load will reach 71.940 GW by the year 1441 whereas the generating reserve will hit 15 percent, the report said.
In the fiscal year 1434-1435, a number of contracts were signed for the implementation of electric projects costing nearly SR 46 billion of which SR14.8 billion was allocated for generation projects, SR22.5 billion for transmission and SR8.5 billion for distribution projects, Al-Eqtisadiah daily said.
The volume of works and investments needed for electricity industry up to 1441 represents attractive opportunities to the private sector, according to the ECRA report.
The private sector companies could avail opportunities to implement independent projects for power generation, water desalination, construction, operation or lease of power transmission lines, management of current facilities, or provision of services to customers, the report added.
The report said ECRA pursues to select the best options in a manner to serve the interests of the Kingdom in coordination with the Ministry of Water and Electricity, the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), Saline Water Conversion Corporation (SWCC) and other investors relevant to this area.


Tunisia tourism sector makes flying start to 2019

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Tunisia tourism sector makes flying start to 2019

  • Influx of up to $262.6 million in hard currency revenues — an increase of 35.1 percent on last year

LONDON: Tunisia wooed more tourists in the first quarter of this year, which saw a 17.4 percent increase in arrivals compared to the same period in 2018, according to Tunisian Ministry of Tourism data quoted by Asharq Al-Awsat. 

The tourism sector saw an influx of up to 787.8 million dinars ($262.6 million) of hard currency revenues — an increase of 35.1 percent on last year, the newspaper reported.
Minister of Tourism Rene Trabelsi said that the tourism sector was boosted by arrivals from Europe, which rose around 22.3 percent.
After several years of shunning Tunisia in the wake of a gun attack on a beach in Sousse that killed 39 tourists and one at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis that killed 21, major European tour operators have started to return.
Arrivals from France increased 24.7 percent, while the Dutch market developed around 13.5 percent, it was reported.

 

Trabelsi expects more positive growth in the coming period, based on the bookings of global travel agencies. 
Tunisia seeks to attract 1 million French tourists, 640,000 Russian tourists, and 390,000 German tourists this season. It forecasts that it will host around 9 million tourists overall this year.
In 2018, Tunisia’s tourism revenues jumped to $1.36 billion as the country saw the arrival of a record 8.3 million visitors, according to data from the ministry.
The sector generates about 400,000 jobs and accounts for 8 percent of Tunisia’s gross domestic product (GDP).

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Forecast number of tourist arrivals in Tunisia this year, up from 8.3 million last year in Sousse, Tunisia.