KACST gears up for KSA’s first solar power station

Updated 31 July 2015
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KACST gears up for KSA’s first solar power station

RIYADH: The King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) signed a memorandum of understanding on Thursday with the Saudi Electricity Co. (SEC) and Taqnia Energy to launch the first standalone 50MW solar power station at Al-Aflaj.

KACST also inked another memorandum to establish a joint research and development center at the SEC distribution sector.
KACST President Turki bin Saud bin Mohammad Al-Saud, SEC CEO Ziad Mohammad Al-Sheeha and Taqnia Energy CEO Abdul Rahman Ali Al-Muhanna signed the two memorandums.
Al-Saud said the memorandum aims to provide alternative and safe sources of energy that would ensure providing fuel and help building a sustainable future through engaging science, research and energy-related industries in reducing the cost of generating electricity through solar energy.
It also aims to increase the contribution of the national components in the sector, indigenizing technology and creating new job opportunities.
It is projected to help save over 4 million barrels of high-cost diesel fuel and limit CO2 emissions by 1.7 million tons. Thus, the project will complement KACST’s efforts to indigenize solar power technology and invest in industrial research, he added.
Following the signing of the memorandum, KACST will cooperate with Taqnia Energy to build the first 50MW standalone solar power station in the Kingdom.
Taqnia Energy will design, build, operate and maintain the station in collaboration with SEC. The latter will be committed to buying all power generated at an unsubsidized tariff (non-feed-in tariff) starting with 18.75 halala per Kw/H.
The land area for the solar station, called Layla, will be made available by Energy Technology at Al-Aflaj Governorate where the solar field equipment is to be installed.
KACST is currently engaged with the Advanced Water Taqnia by solar power at Al-Khafji with a capacity of 60,000 cubic meters/day, with an auxiliary solar power station of 40MW capacity.


GEA and Misk launch ‘Entertainment Pioneers’ program

Updated 26 June 2019
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GEA and Misk launch ‘Entertainment Pioneers’ program

RIYADH: The General Authority for Entertainment (GEA) launched its “Entertainment Pioneers” program, in partnership with the Initiatives Center at the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation (Misk).

The program aims to prepare citizens, and especially fresh graduates, to work with the most renowned international companies in the field of entertainment, to gain experience, develop their skills in the field, and enable them to integrate this sector and contribute to its development and prosperity.

The program is part of GEA’s strategy to develop the sector of entertainment in accordance with the best international standards, and to provide it with qualified national competencies in this field, to meet the objectives of the Quality of Life program, a basic part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The first stage of the program will kick off in collaboration with a leading American entertainment company that employs 44,000 people worldwide, and that has a record of more than 30,000 entertainment programs and 100 festivals, with its sales surpassing of 500 million tickets per year.

In addition, various international companies are participating in the event, in order to train Saudis in the tasks of planning, organization and management of entertainment programs and projects.

As part of its plans to develop and increase the size of local content in the entertainment sector, GEA is launching several other initiatives to train Saudi cadres develop their skills, and to integrate the job market especially in small and medium enterprises in the field of entertainment.

For registration a webpage was set on the link: https://misk.org.sa/fellowship/services/live-nation/