40 Intl. speakers at 7th Saudi Smart Grid conference

Updated 12 December 2017
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40 Intl. speakers at 7th Saudi Smart Grid conference

JEDDAH: The 7th Saudi Arabia Smart Grid (SASG) Conference on smart grids and renewable energy will be held at Jeddah’s Hilton Hotel from December 12-14 under the patronage of the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources.

The conference will gather developers, designers, researchers and practitioners who wish for the betterment and advancement of smart grids, green information and communication technologies, energy-aware systems and sustainability.

Forty international experts will speak on renewable energy and grid integrations, energy efficiency measures and methodologies, smart cities, and automation and communication technologies.

Dr. Saleh Al-Awaji, the deputy minister of electricity, said the conference is an opportunity for specialists and academics in the electricity industry to discuss the role of the private sector in the independent production of electricity; research and the optimal utilization of renewable sources of energy (solar, wind and hydropower); and development of electrical networks through advanced smart systems.

The conference will kick off with two pre-conference workshops with Saudi Aramco, SEL, ECRA and AEC. It will officially commence on the 13th, and it will include six interactive panel sessions on renewable energy and hybrid solutions, case studies in smart grids, and new and advanced technologies.


Coalition spokesman confirms commitment to finding political solution to Yemen crisis

Updated 16 min 23 sec ago
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Coalition spokesman confirms commitment to finding political solution to Yemen crisis

  • Al-Maliki said the UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths had praised the coalition’s desire to reach an agreement in the conflict
  • Al-Maliki said the Iranian-backed militia continues to commit violations and ignore international law

RIYADH: The Saudi-led coalition backing the legitimate government in Yemen against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels is committed to reaching a political solution to the conflict, its spokesman confirmed on Monday.

Col. Turki Al-Maliki said the UN envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths, in an address to the Security Council, had praised the coalition’s desire to reach an agreement in the conflict.

Al-Maliki explained that a meeting had been held by Yemen’s national economic committee, which included representatives from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, the UK and the US.

During the meeting, several measures were taken to improve the Yemeni economy, Al-Maliki said. He also added that the coalition had facilitated a humanitarian plan for Yemen worth more than $1 billion with contributions from Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait.

Regarding Houthi actions in Yemen, Al-Maliki said the Iranian-backed militia continues to commit violations and ignore international law.

He said the Houthis had planted mines at a school as well as other areas in and around Hodeidah, and destroyed a mosque in the port city.

Al-Maliki also provided evidence that the Houthis replaced contents of World Food Program packages with TNT explosives.

He added that 200 mines planted by the Houthis had been deactivated in the province of Hajjah, reiterating that the group is still using civilians as human shields and recruiting them to join their ranks.