Clean energy giants meet in Jeddah

The event aims to identify the latest technologies used in the production of clean electric energy.
Updated 01 December 2017
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Clean energy giants meet in Jeddah

JEDDAH: The Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) inaugurated the First Clean Energy Forum at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Jeddah on Wednesday.
Considered the first of its kind, the event with the slogan “Clean Energy and Fuel Additives,” attracted manufacturers, suppliers, fuel additives and combustion enhancers from around the world, and included specialists from government agencies, as well as companies and universities in the Kingdom.
The forum, held over two days, identified the latest technologies in the production of clean electric energy that use environmental standards to treat conventional fuels.
Clean Energy Forum manager and SEC quality and performance manager Fouad Al-Saiedi told Arab News: “This is the first clean energy forum in the Kingdom, and we started with fuel additives since 90 percent of energy production in Saudi Arabia depends on fossil oil. That is a problem, and we are here to exchange clean energy applications to deal with fossil oil from the very first stages.”
He added: “Twenty research papers were presented by more than 200 experts from around the world. And we regard the attendance of the president of the Authority for Meteorology and Environmental Protection, Khalil Al-Thaqafi, as real support to this initiative ... Shoura Council member Hadi Al-Yami also attended the forum.”
Thomas Parish, a speaker at the forum and a representative of the TEKH company, told Arab News: “It is a really refreshing to come to Saudi Arabia and see people trying to do what’s good, and to be a part of that process.”
Companies were invited to the forum to present state-of-the-art technologies used in the production of clean electric energy, in addition to the treatment of conventional fuels.
The initiative is considered to be at the heart of implementing Saudi Vision 2030.


KSRelief to provide 5,000 Yemenis with school supplies

Saudi Arabia is ranked the first donor in the world when it comes to humanitarian financial and logistical support in Yemen. AFP
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KSRelief to provide 5,000 Yemenis with school supplies

  • There are two million Yemeni children out of school because of the Houthis’ aggression against civilians
  • The total cost of all the projects provided by KSRelief since its establishment is $70 million

JEDDAH: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has launched a project to provide Yemeni students and schools with supplies to ensure that education continues across the country despite the brutal acts of militants. The trucks started to carrying the aid from Riyadh to Yemen on Monday.

“It is a project to provide Yemen’s schools with the essential needs to ensure a better and smoother educational environment, such as chairs, desks, and boards, in addition to students’ supplies. It will support nearly 5,000 students across Yemen,” said Dr. Samer Aljetaily, spokesman for KSRelief.
“The trucks will arrive first in Ma’arib, then it will be distributed to the most needed areas across the country’s schools and students.”
“My Education” is one of the big projects given to support Yemen’s people in health, shelter, infrastructure, environment and education to help the country stand on its feet regardless of any devastation caused by the militants.
“The total cost of all the projects provided by KSRelief since its establishment is $70 million. In terms of education, the center has given financial aid to schools, paid teachers’ salaries, and provided students’ essential school needs and meals. We will continue supporting our brothers and sisters in Yemen in all sectors.”
This project has been supported by the Saudi Ministry of Education and the Saudi-led Islamic Military Coalition. “The coalition always supports our all initiatives in the interest of Yemeni citizens. The coalition will protect the aid till it arrives in Ma’arib, then it will support logistically to facilitate the distribution of the supplies. Education is a priority for the Saudi government and for KSRelief.
“We have always supported education in Yemen and always will, whether it is for schools, educational institutions, students, teachers, or even educational curricular and psychological support departments to help students become better amid all the horrific acts caused by the Houthis. KSRelief is very keen on building a strong future with a well-educated generation of Yemenis.”
Asked whether there is a lack of international support for Yemen, he told Arab News: “Saudi Arabia, along with the UAE, has attracted global attention to Yemen’s humanitarian status in different ways, including direct funding for the infrastructure of the country and huge support for health, education and the environment. Saudi Arabia is ranked the first donor in the world when it comes to humanitarian, financial and logistical support in Yemen. This has encouraged other countries’ support as well.
“The UAE has greatly supported the Yemen humanitarian file with $1 billion. The international community has reacted to this.
“However, there must be more international collaboration to reduce the militants’ attacks on the aid and supplies and facilitate the entry of aid and ensure a higher level of safety. There is also need for better cooperation to protect students and children in the militants’ controlled areas,” he emphasized.
“The Saudi Ministry of Education has supported this initiative by providing school supplies and students’ essential supplies.”
There are two million Yemeni children out of school because of the Houthis’ aggression against civilians.