Atomic energy to help boost energy program

VITAL SECTOR: The renewable energy capacity to be attained by 2020 will be increased to 3,450MW.
Updated 01 July 2016
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Atomic energy to help boost energy program

RIYADH: Atomic and renewable energy will play a key role in the national energy program, devised under Vision 2030, by supporting promising sectors and fostering their success, as part of Riyadh’s efforts to work on economic diversification.
“The objective is very strongly linked with Vision 2030 and it is aimed at the localization of the atomic and renewable energy sector.
“It also aims to provide knowledge and skills to Saudis to meet labor market requirements and develop qualitative human resources in this regard,” said a senior official at the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE).
KACARE is working on a program which aims to replace 50 percent of the Kingdom’s dependence on traditional fossil fuel with eco-friendly atomic and renewable energy to be collected from resources which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat.
“Atomic and renewable energy are playing a key role in Saudi economy in accordance with international requirements and obligations,” the official said.
The renewable energy capacity to be attained by 2020 will be increased to 3,450MW, he added. Working to this end, KACARE, in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), recently organized a workshop with local experts on peaceful use of atomic energy.
The three-day workshop was attended by representatives of concerned sectors and departments, and a number of experts from the IAEA. They discussed important issues regarding knowledge management in nuclear energy.
Saudi Arabia is among the first countries that supported the international resolutions related to nuclear safety and has paid special attention to the issue of infrastructure development for nuclear security.


Workshop focuses on how to improve transport for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims

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Workshop focuses on how to improve transport for Hajj and Umrah pilgrims

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah recently organized a workshop for the development of the administrative and operating systems for supervisors and public operators of pilgrims’ transportation.
The workshop, which was held at the Hilton Hotel in Jeddah, was under the patronage of the Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Mohammad Saleh bin Taher Benten and was inaugurated by his Deputy Dr. Abdul Fattah bin Suleiman Mashat.
Sectors working in the transportation of pilgrims as well as international and local experts on crowd management and public transportation systems took part.
The event formed part of the Ministry’s initiatives in the National Transformation program 2020. It discussed the challenges facing supervisors and operators in the transportation of pilgrims and made recommendations on how to overcome challenges and improve the administrative and operating systems in cooperation with the whole Hajj services system. It also showcased the best international practice in public transportation.
Included was a briefing on the monitoring of initiatives by the Vision 2030 Achievement Office as well as presentations on the work of the Ministry’s pilgrims’ transportation agency, future projects, the urgent projects that were put in place for the last Hajj season and a detailed explanation of National Transformation initiatives. Those who attended the workshop also had the opportunity to learn about the technology the agency uses in its operations.