Massive flour mill complex launched near Makkah

Updated 16 June 2015

Massive flour mill complex launched near Makkah

JAMOOM, Makkah: People in Saudi Arabia waste 35 percent of bread produced in the country, said Agriculture Minister Abdul Rahman Al-Fadli.

“We have one of the world’s highest per capita consumption of bread,” he said.
Speaking to reporters after Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal launched one of the largest grain silos and flour mills in the region, he said the price of bread in the Kingdom is one of the lowest in the world.
He said the General Organization for Grain Silos and Flour Mills tries to strengthen the skills and efficiency of its workers by sending them for intensive training inside and outside the Kingdom, in preparation for its privatization.
The government established the organization in 1972 with a single branch with a capacity of 540 tons of wheat and production capacity of 135,000 tons annually. Currently there are 14 branches with a total capacity of 2.6 million tons.
Al-Fadli commended the government’s efforts to ensure adequate supply of flour and bread in the market at the lowest rate. “Saudi Arabia has won an award from the Food and Agriculture Organization for maintaining the lowest malnutrition rate,” the minister pointed out.
Abdul Rahman Al-Ruwaitie, director general of the organization, said the facility in Jamoom would have a capacity to store 250,000 tons of wheat and two flour mills with a daily production capacity of 600 tons each.
“The plant will supply more than 5 million bags of flour annually and 1.5 million bags of bran,” Al-Ruwaitie said.
The facility includes administrative buildings, sales offices, a laboratory and housing for employees.
Speaking about other advanced systems at the plant, he said it has an automatic operation and control system as well as a cleaning and packing system. The project includes a desalination plant and a power generation plant.
The Jamoom grain silos and flour mills are located about 18 km from Makkah. Covering an area of 962,700 square meters, the plant was established at a cost of SR819 million. It has a special system to unload 1,000 tons of wheat per hour.


Saudi technical students to showcase skills at global contest

Updated 15 min 4 sec ago

Saudi technical students to showcase skills at global contest

  • ‘WorldSkills’ started in 1950 after the head of the Spanish Workers Union called for the organization of the first national vocational competition in Madrid

MOSCOW, Russia: Saudi students and experts will be showcasing their innovative skills in aircraft maintenance and welding during the “WorldSkills” competition to be held in Kazan, Russia on Thursday. 

The competition will run for six days and will see the participation of representatives from 75 countries.

“This is a biennial global competition during which more than 700 young men and women from 75 countries compete in 56 various categories,” said the CEO of Colleges of Excellence Dr. Fahad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Tuwaijri. 

The competition will run for six days and will see the participation of more than 700 young men and women from 75 countries. (SPA)

“The competition covers industrial and service professions with the highest international standards to promote technical and vocational training and raise awareness about the impact of such training.

“This competition aims to shed light on the importance of technical skills, encourage young people to acquire them, discover their skills and develop them and find cooperation opportunities among contestants and different sectors,” he added.

Those who qualified from international technical colleges and strategic partnership institutes were: Idris Abduljalil Al-Haji from the International Aviation Technical College (IATC) in Riyadh, Hassan Hussain Al-Rashid from the Saudi Technical Institute for Petroleum Services, aircraft maintenance expert Ibrahim Khalid Yamani from IATC, and welding expert engineer Ghazi Mohammed Al-Mustanir from the Saudi Technical Institute for Petroleum Services.

“Saudi students impressed the participants during previous local and international competitions,” Al-Tuwaijri said, adding “Yamani was chosen as the best aircraft maintenance expert during the 2017 competition held in Abu Dhabi.”

“WorldSkills” started in 1950 after the head of the Spanish Workers Union called for the organization of the first national vocational competition in Madrid.