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.


Saudi Arabia downs Houthi missile fired across border

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Saudi Arabia downs Houthi missile fired across border

  • The missile was launched from Saada, the Houthi stronghold in northern Yemen
  • Saudi forces said they intercepted a Houthi ballistic missile targeting the Kingdom’s southern coastal city of Jizan on Friday

RIYADH: Saudi air defenses on Sunday intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militia at the Kingdom’s southern border city of Najran, which set a farm ablaze, state media said.
“Saudi forces were able to intercept (the missile),” the Saudi Press Agency said, citing the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthis.
“But the shrapnel scattered over residential areas and caused a fire at a farm belonging to a citizen, without causing any injuries.”
The missile was launched from Saada, the Houthi stronghold in northern Yemen, the coalition was cited as saying.
The coalition said another missile crashed in a Saudi desert on Sunday, without specifying a location, adding it caused no damage.
Sunday’s strikes are the latest in a series of rebel bombardments on Saudi territory.
Saudi forces said they intercepted a Houthi ballistic missile targeting the Kingdom’s southern coastal city of Jizan on Friday, the second such strike in the area in over a week.
Earlier this month, Saudi forces said they intercepted rebel ballistic missiles fired at Riyadh and the south of the Kingdom, where two drones were also shot down.
Saudi Arabia has since March 2015 led a coalition of Arab states fighting to roll back the Houthis in Yemen and restore its neighbor’s internationally recognized government to power.
Nearly 10,000 people have since been killed in the conflict, in what the United Nations has called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
In March, an Egyptian laborer became the first known fatality in a rebel missile attack on the Saudi capital.
Saudi Arabia accuses its arch-rival Iran of smuggling missiles to the Houthis — a charge Tehran denies.