Veolia, Bio-Acids to build KSA’s first citric acid plant

Dr. Badr Ghawji, MD of Veolia Water Technologies KSA, and Yassir O. Al-Sebaei, MD of Saudi Bio-acids Company.
Updated 08 September 2018
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Veolia, Bio-Acids to build KSA’s first citric acid plant

Veolia Water Technologies Saudi Arabia has announced its latest contract with Saudi Bio-Acids Company. Under the agreement, Veolia will design and build full turnkey wastewater treatment plants for a new greenfield factory in Jeddah.

The plants will integrate several of Veolia’s innovative technologies — including the Biothane Advanced EGSB Anaerobic, membrane bioreactor (MBR), as well as tertiary treatments using reverse osmosis technology.

Saudi Bio-Acids Company aims at build the Arab world’s first citric acid production facility. The company is targeting a production output of 80,000 metric tons within two years for three different products — citric acid anhydrous (CCA), citric acid monohydrate (CAM) and trisodium citrate (TSC) — after commencing operations at the plant. Citric acid is used in many industries that range from food and beverages to pharmaceuticals and personal care.

 Currently, most of the demand for citric acid across the Middle East is met with imports from overseas. With this plant, Saudi Arabia will start producing this important component for the food industry in the Kingdom.

Dr. Badr Ghawji, managing director of Veolia Water Technologies Saudi Arabia, said: “Our suite of water and wastewater solutions offers maximum technical advantages for our clients, and we look forward to recommending our anaerobic technologies to more food and beverage manufacturers operating in this region.”


STC wins Ookla award for fastest network in KSA

A man passes the Saudi Telecom STC office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia February 6, 2018. (REUTERS)
Updated 20 January 2019
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STC wins Ookla award for fastest network in KSA

Ookla, the company behind Speedtest for internet testing and analysis, has recognized Saudi Telecom Company (STC) as the “fastest mobile network” in Saudi Arabia. STC achieved a speed score of 29.99 Mbps, with an average download speed of 32.95 Mbps.
The award is an outcome of millions of tests actively initiated by customers across the network to check internet speeds using various applications, and web and mobile platforms.
The Speedtest awards for top providers are determined using a “Speed Score” that incorporates a measure of each provider’s network speeds (download and upload) to rank network speed performance. The STC network was determined as the fastest in the Kingdom.
The telecom giant plans to increase this speed dramatically in the next couple of years to provide “impressive speeds and incorporate future services with KPIs (key performance indicators) targeting higher data rates, very low latency, massive device connectivity, IoT and energy efficiency services.” To achieve this, STC is transforming its existing network, upgrading its 4G-LTE network and rolling out the 5G network.
Haithem Al-Faraj, senior vice president, tech and ops, STC, said: “Our mission has always been to enrich society by providing second-to-none experience with the network. We are continuously improving our network speeds and rolling out new network technologies and services. STC 4G network is transforming all the time to provide remarkably faster speeds.”
He added: “We are also commercially rolling out the 5G network to introduce innovative services to our deserving customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and across the region. This esteemed Ookla award is a true manifestation of STC efforts to continually improve the network and get the network ready for the digital era, and to meet the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”
We are very proud of this award and look forward to many similar awards and successes in the near future.”
STC is playing a pivotal role in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 as an enabler for digital transformation in the public and private sectors and in the development of telecommunications and ICT infrastructure.