SEC signs deals worth SR 1.8 bn to boost power efficiency

Updated 03 October 2012
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SEC signs deals worth SR 1.8 bn to boost power efficiency

Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) signed five contracts worth SR 1.8 billion for the construction of sub-stations and power transfer networks in different parts of the Kingdom to be implemented in a 29-month period.
Following the signing ceremony, CEO of SEC Ali bin Salih Al-Barrak said the company would continue the implementation of its plans to connect all parts of the Kingdom to the public electricity grid (PEG).
The current PEG ratio exceeded 96 percent of the loads compared to 45 percent when the company was founded in the year 2000.
According to the SEC chief, two contracts are related to the construction of two sub-stations at Amlaj and Makkah at a cost of SR 409.5 million and SR 410.7 million respectively. The Amlaj project will be implemented in 29 months and the one in Makkah will be carried out in 27 months.
The third contract is concerned with the construction of a sub-station in Laith, Makkah Province, at a cost of SR 353 million, to be implemented over 29 months. The fourth contract is related to the connection of Qariyah independent power plant to the PEG at a cost of SR 362 million whereas the fifth contract will connect Yanbu and Amlaj power plants at a cost amounting to SR 316 million, he said.
The SEC chief said the new projects are aimed at meeting the growing demand for electrical power which is exceeding the rate of 9 percent annually, the provision of dependable electric services and putting an end to power cuts at peak hours.


Saudi Arabia to distribute 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an to Hajj pilgrims

Updated 18 July 2019
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Saudi Arabia to distribute 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an to Hajj pilgrims

RIYADH: The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance has started preparations for its Hajj season book distribution program. The ministry will provide pilgrims with books concerning the rituals upon entry to the Kingdom, as well as the Holy Qur’an and translations of its meanings. Finally, pilgrims will be offered guidance books upon their departure.

The program aims to spread legitimate awareness among pilgrims and promote adherence to the correct methods of belief, worship and behavior. 

The undersecretary of the Department of Publications Affairs and Scholarly Research, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Hamdan, said that it has approved 52 books in more than 30 languages for this year’s Hajj season. He added that more than 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an, ritual books and manuals will be distributed.

Al-Hamdan said that the Islamic electronic library had issued a platform containing all of the ministry’s written and audio versions of the books of Hajj and Umrah to every international airport in the Kingdom, several exit-port centers and some mosques and important sites. The platform is available to all at www.islamic-ebook.com. SPA Riyadh