Saudi energy minister reveals Kingdom’s ambitious electricity plans

Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih
Updated 12 October 2017
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Saudi energy minister reveals Kingdom’s ambitious electricity plans

RIYADH: Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih says that Saudi Arabia plans to supply electricity to Ethiopia through its privatization programs.
During his inauguration of the Saudi Electricity Forum at the Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh on Tuesday, Al-Falih explained that the Kingdom plans to supply electricity to Ethiopia through its grid in Egypt some time in the next three years. He added that, through its planned grid in Turkey, the Kingdom would also have the opportunity to supply power to European countries in the future.
Power grids in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries have been interconnected since 2011, Al-Falih pointed out. The Gulf Cooperation Council Countries Interconnection Grid (GCCIG) has a total capacity of 1,200 megawatts (MW) and links Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman.
Saudi’s interconnection with Egypt will generate 3,000 megawatts in 2020, Al-Falih claimed.
He also confirmed that the Kingdom will use atomic energy to generate electricity for the first time in a bid to boost the national economy and to ensure a competitive energy sector.
Addressing the forum later, Maher bin Abdullah Al-Odan, CEO of the Atomic Energy Sector of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA-CARE), said work is already underway to identify suitable sites for two nuclear reactors in the Kingdom to generate between 2,500 and 3,000 MW.
The setting-up of the reactors falls within the framework of a memorandum of understanding between the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) and KA-CARE. Al-Odan revealed that 40 Saudi engineers will be sent to Korea for relevant training.
In a further boost for Saudi Arabia’s energy sector, Italian technical consulting and engineering company CESI SpA and GCC Electrical Testing Laboratory (GCC Lab) signed a term sheet for the development and operation of a state-of-the-art electrical testing facility in the Kingdom.
GCC Lab CEO Saleh Al-Amri called the partnership a “significant step in the line with Saudi Vision 2030.”
He added that it would “contribute significantly toward … enhancing energy efficiency.”
Topics to be discussed at the three-day forum include Policies and Plans for the Electricity Sector; Investment Opportunities and Localization of Industries and Technologies; Electricity System Efficiency; Development of Electricity Market and Electricity Interconnection; Electricity Sector Privatization; and Atomic and Renewable Energy.


Tribal leaders from Saada demand the Saudi-led coalition continue military operations in Yemen

Updated 16 July 2018
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Tribal leaders from Saada demand the Saudi-led coalition continue military operations in Yemen

JEDDAH: The Iranian-backed Houthi militia has destroyed the Yemeni state and its social structure and marginalized all segments of the society, according to the Saudi-led Coalition spokesperson.
Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the Houthis have also destroyed Yemen’s history, represented by its civilization and its tribes. 
In a press conference held at the Armed Forces club in Riyadh, Col. Al-Maliki spoke about Houthi violations against the Yemeni state and how they marginalized segments of its community. The conference was attended by tribal leaders and their representatives from Yemeni’s Saada governorate. 
Al-Maliki said the violations are committed on a daily basis against the Yemeni people, depriving them of their rights and displacing them from their homes. 
He added that there is popular rejection for acts committed by the Houthi militia, including vandalism, sectarian strifes, and racist acts against Yemeni individuals. 
Tribal leader Sheikh Abdel Khaleq Bishr spoke at the conference, saying “the sons of Saada’s governorate still raise the banners of sacrifice and struggle against the Iranian-backed militia, which has lasted more than a decade and half until now.”
He appealed to the legitimate Yemeni government, represented by President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, and the Saudi-led coalition to support the legitimacy and continue the battle of liberation of Saada province, in particular, and the Republic of Yemen, in general.
Bishr said “the people of this governorate have sacrificed a lot to maintain the Arab identity of Saada,” adding that they “do not welcome any Iranian role or the presence of an Iranian policy agenda.” 
Finally, Bishr thanked the Yemeni army and the coalition forces supporting the legitimacy of the Yemeni government.