‘Households pay for only 8% of electricity used’

Updated 25 September 2014
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‘Households pay for only 8% of electricity used’

Households are paying for only 8 percent of their actual usage because the Saudi government subsidizes 92 percent of the cost, a senior official of the Electricity and Co-generation Regulatory Authority (ECRA) said recently.
Electricity tariffs in the Kingdom is the cheapest in the world, with the government providing either direct support or subsidized fuel prices at a cost of SR100 billion a year, Abdullah Al-Shihri, governor of the ECRA, was quoted as saying by the Saudi Press Agency.
The government of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has invested a great deal in electricity and water desalination in the country, he said.
Electricity production has managed to keep pace with economic growth and an increase in the population. Demand for power is growing at an annual rate of 8 percent, and up to 12 percent, in some regions. Generation capacity was at 69,761 megawatt at the end of 2013, he said.
He said there were over 7 million electricity users in the country at the end of 2013, which requires large and urgent investments.
The leadership of the country was keen to improve and provide safe and reliable electricity to citizens and residents, he said.
He said the government provided 350,000 poor people with even greater subsidies for electricity at the end of 2013, with a plan in place to raise this figure to 500,000 in the next few years.
The ECRA is a financially and administratively independent organization that regulates the electricity and water desalination industry in Saudi Arabia.


Houthi missile fired towards Jazan intercepted by Saudi air defenses

Updated 24 May 2018
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Houthi missile fired towards Jazan intercepted by Saudi air defenses

  • The missile was fired towards the Saudi Arabian province of Jazan in the early hours of Thursday
  • It was launched from the Houthi strong-hold in the Yemeni province of Saada

DUBAI: Saudi air defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired by the Houthi militia towards the border province of Jazan in the early hours of Thursday morning, Al Ekhbariya TV reported.

The ballistic missile was launched from the Houthi strong-hold province of Saada.

The missile was spotted at 1:58am on Thursday and was headed towards Jazan city, targeting civilian and populated areas.

The Saudi Royal Air Force (RAFF) was able to intercept the missile and destroy it.

The Iranian-backed Houthis have fired a number of missiles over the border at Saudi cities, including the capital, Riyadh, in breach of international laws banning the targeting of civilian areas.

And on Wednesday UAE coalition forces intercepted two boats in the Red Sea being used by the Houthis to target a tanker.