‘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.


King Salman’s support vital to national heritage achievements

The program aims to protect, promote and develop cultural heritage and make it part of the life and memory of citizens. (Supplied)
Updated 17 October 2018
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King Salman’s support vital to national heritage achievements

  • The Saudi leadership made key decisions to protect antiquities and historical sites
  • Saudi Arabia aims to conduct awareness campaigns, establish museums and develop them in a modern way to attract citizens and visitors

JEDDAH: The achievements made in Saudi Arabia’s national heritage sector, and the prizes and awards that have been won as result, are thanks to the support and efforts of King Salman, said Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).
His comments came as the king received the Sharjah International Award for Cultural Heritage, which was awarded in recognition of the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques cultural heritage program.
King Salman oversaw the creation of the antiquities and heritage sector 50 years ago and stood firmly against the elimination or extinction of archaeological and heritage sites, Prince Sultan said, and has made historical and important decisions to protect antiquities since the era of the late King Saud.
This support culminated in the adoption of the innovative Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques for the Care of Cultural Heritage program, implemented by the commission to bring about a qualitative shift in projects and programs devoted to national cultural heritage.
Prince Sultan said: “The award is a result of King Salman’s follow-up and support to the program, which the SCTH and our team have translated into projects and initiatives carried out in cooperation with highly professional partners, in order to preserve, restore and develop the national heritage and make it a reality that connects citizens to their country’s history and heritage.”
He said the SCTH has built upon the great efforts of the institutions that preceded it in taking care of the nation’s antiquities, as well as individual efforts to preserve national heritage.
“Today, we reap the fruits of these efforts: The culture we have learnt from King Salman and previous leaders, which has taught us to complete the work and loyalty of all those who built and achieved before us,” he said.
Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qasimi, a member of the Federal Supreme Council and ruler of Sharjah, announced that the Sharjah International Award for Cultural Heritage had been awarded to the Custodian of The Two Holy Mosques Program for the Care of Cultural Heritage during a ceremony on April 22, 2018.
The program aims to protect, promote and develop cultural heritage and make it part of the life and memory of citizens. It also conducts awareness campaigns, establishes museums and develops them in a modern way to attract citizens and visitors, prepares Islamic historical sites to welcome visitors, and preserves culturally important buildings and towns to showcase the role of the Kingdom as a crossroads for civilizations through the ages and achieve a qualitative shift in the field, contributing to economic growth.