Building sector consumes over 80% of Saudi generated electricity

Updated 12 May 2015

Building sector consumes over 80% of Saudi generated electricity

The building sector consumes more than 80 percent of the Kingdom’s generated electricity, local media said quoting data released by the Central Department of Statistics and Information (CDSI).
According to the CDSI data, air-conditioning sets alone swallow nearly 70 percent of the building sector’s total energy consumption at an annual growth rate of 12 percent.
Seventy percent of the Kingdom’s buildings are not thermally insulated, Asharq Al-Awsat daily said quoting the CDSI report.
Meanwhile, experts at the Saudi Center for Energy Efficiency (SCEE) have stressed the need to curb power consumption at government buildings at a rate not less than 25 percent, a matter that will slash costs of power consumption by SR1.2 billion ($320 million) per annum.
Head of Middle East Center for Economic Studies Abdulrahman Ba-Ashin said per capita energy consumption in the Kingdom is twice the world average, at an annual growth rate of more than 5 percent.
He attributed the rising power consumption to a variety of reasons, including increased demand on power due to urban, industrial and developmental progress in the Kingdom, in addition to the absence of power rationalization culture in the community.
He called for the enhancement of power rationalization culture which, he said, will only be attainable through the combined efforts between certain bodies such as the Ministry of Water and Electricity, the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), Electricity Regulatory Agency, the Ministry of Commerce, Customs Department and other agencies concerned with the import of electric equipment.
In this context, Abdulrahman Al-Ata, an economic analyst, stressed the need for providing low-cost energy options such as solar and renewable energy sources as well as the spread of the energy efficiency concept, and its positive impact on consumers and the national economy as well.
He called for the introduction of strict regulations on traders and businessmen who are importing high energy consuming electrical equipment.
Al-Ata also stressed the importance of cooperation with the Saudi Center for Energy Efficiency (SCEE), adding that there was coordination between the SEC and the Ministry of Housing on the application of thermal insulation program in buildings in a manner that will save 40 percent of electricity consumption.


China's aviation regulator raised concerns with Boeing on 737 MAX design changes

Updated 12 December 2019

China's aviation regulator raised concerns with Boeing on 737 MAX design changes

  • China is reviewing the airworthiness of the plane
  • China was first country to ground plane in March

BEIJING: China’s aviation regulator raised “important concerns” with Boeing Co. on the reliability and security of design changes to the grounded 737 MAX, it said on Thursday, but declined to comment on when the plane might fly again in China.
China is reviewing the airworthiness of the plane based on proposed changes to software and flight control systems according to a bilateral agreement with the United States, Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) spokesman Liu Luxu told reporters at a monthly briefing.
He reiterated that for the plane to resume flights in China, it needed to be re-certified, pilots needed comprehensive and effective training to restore confidence in the model and the causes of two crashes that killed 346 people needed to be investigated with effective measures put in place to prevent another one.
China was the first country to ground the 737 MAX after the second crash in Ethiopia in March and had set up a task force to review design changes to the aircraft that Boeing had submitted.
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will not allow the 737 MAX to resume flying before the end of 2019, its chief, Steve Dickson, said on Wednesday.
Once the FAA approves the reintroduction into service, the 737 MAX can operate in the United States, but individual regulators could keep the planes grounded in other countries until they complete their own reviews.
“Due to the trade war, the jury is still out on when China would reintroduce the aircraft,” said Rob Morris, Global Head of Consultancy at Ascend by Cirium.
Chinese airlines had 97 737 MAX jets in operation before the global grounding, the most of any country, according to Cirium Fleets Analyzer.