SRO adds two US-made train engines to its fleet

Updated 04 September 2012
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SRO adds two US-made train engines to its fleet

DAMMAM: The Saudi Railway Organization (SRO) added two new train engines to its fleet last week.
The two engines are the first consignment of eight trains to be imported from the United States.
“The two new engines started operating last week after conducting successful trial runs,” SRO Public Relations Director Muhammad Abu Zaid said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency on Sunday.
Two additional engines on consignment have arrived at the King Abdul Aziz Airport in Dammam.
“They are currently undergoing customs formalities. They will be serving in the goods service section,” Abu Zaid said.
The remaining four engines were expected to arrive in the Kingdom in the next few weeks, he added.
He said the newly received engines were being added to the freight service because of its increasing demand for the movement of containers from Dammam’s seaport to Riyadh’s dry dock.
Zaid said the SRO signed contracts with US and Chinese companies to supply 34 train engines of varying capacities: 10 engines with 3,500 hp, delivery expected in March 2013, followed by six engines with 2,000 hp arriving in November the same year.


King Salman to inaugurate key mining, industrial projects

Updated 13 November 2018
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King Salman to inaugurate key mining, industrial projects

  • The king will visit Waad Al-Shamal City for Mining Industries in the northern borders to inaugurate a number of mining and industrial projects
  • The Saudi Cabinet noted the visit by King Salman to Qassim and Hail, attending citizens’ celebrations as well as his inauguration of a number of development projects

JEDDAH: King Salman will visit the northern regions of the Kingdom next week to inaugurate a number of development projects.
The king will also visit Waad Al-Shamal City for Mining Industries in the northern borders to inaugurate a number of mining and industrial projects, the Royal Court said in a statement on Tuesday.
Also on Tuesday, Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Sheikh Abdullah Al Al-Asheikh announced that the king will inaugurate the activities of the third year of the seventh session of the Shoura Council next Monday. The king will deliver a speech on Saudi Arabia’s internal and external policy.
The Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday also noted the visit by King Salman to the two regions of Qassim and Hail, attending citizens’ celebrations as well as his inauguration and laying the cornerstone of a number of development projects.
This reflects the king’s directives to provide services for all citizens and regions in the Kingdom for the achievement of further growth and development.
The Cabinet also commended the king’s directive to release prisoners and the insolvent in the regions of Qassim and Hail and pay their debts, considering it an extension of his care for insolvent and limited-income citizens.
The Cabinet reviewed the Kingdom’s support for the Palestinian cause, pointing to the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD)’s transfer of the Kingdom’s financial contribution to support the Palestinian Authority’s budget for August, September and October 2018, including an additional contribution totaling $60 million.
The Cabinet reiterated Saudi Arabia’s strong condemnation and denunciation of the bombing that took place in Mosul, northern Iraq; the suicide attacks in the Iraqi capital of Mogadishu and the Afghani capital of Kabul; and the attack in the city of Melbourne, Australia, confirming the Kingdom’s rejection of violence, terrorism and extremism, offering condolences to the families of the dead and wishing the injured a speedy recovery.
The Cabinet reviewed a number of scientific and cultural activities, stressing that the patronage of King Salman of the honoring ceremony of winners of the eighth King Khalid Award is considered an expression of his support for the prize to achieve its humanitarian, social and developmental goals.