Electric power generation to go nuclear

Updated 14 November 2012

Electric power generation to go nuclear

JEDDAH: The Kingdom’s electricity generating stations will replace diesel and gas fuels with nuclear and renewable energy over the next 10 years, a top official said.
“The Kingdom is moving toward adopting nuclear and renewable energy including solar and wind energy as the global studies have confirmed their profitability, and hopes to achieve the transition in the next 10 years,” said Abdullah Al-Shahri, governor of the Electricity and Co-Generation Regulatory Authority (ECRA).
Al-Shahri appealed to the electricity consumers to adopt the building code and installation of quality electrical equipment as a means to cut electricity bills by half.
“Currently the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization and the Customs Department are making joint efforts to lay down the required specifications for the electrical appliances to be imported to the Kingdom and will start implementing them from next year,” he said.
The Shoura Council has asked the Water and Electricity Ministry to use solar energy in developmental activities in the Kingdom.
Al-Shahri also said steps are currently being taken to remove overhead high tension cables passing through major cities beginning from Riyadh and will be removed from other cities and towns later. “The reason for the delay in removing the cables is the huge replacement cost besides that they are mostly used in remote places,” he said.
The governor said 80 percent of the Kingdom’s power-generating companies are under the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC).
Studies are underway for a comprehensive SEC restructuring designed to lead to an eventual liberalization and transition to a competitive electricity market.
The study also involves dividing SEC’s power generation business into similar companies that will compete with each other and SEC’s independent power providers (IPPs). The SEC will also set up a single buyer of electricity from the many electricity generation companies and the IPPs, according to an earlier report.
A liberalized power sector is expected to help ease increasing electricity demand in the Kingdom which will is projected to reach higher than 120,000 MW in 2030.
SEC is one of the largest utility companies in the GCC, both by market capitalization and in terms of its installed power generation capacity.

As the major electricity provider serving almost 6 million customers in the Kingdom, SEC is responsible for generation, transmission and distribution of electricity throughout the Kingdom.

Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

Updated 12 December 2019

Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

JEDDAH: Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the governor of Makkah, officially opened the fifth edition of the Jeddah International Book Fair on Wednesday.

The prince toured the event, at which 400 publishing houses from 40 countries are taking part, and honored three renowned figures from the local literature and media scenes: Dr. Hashem Abdo Hashem, the former editor in chief of Okaz newspaper; writer Abdel Fattah Abu Madian; and writer Meshaal bin Muhammad Al-Sudairy.

Prince Mishaal bin Majed, the governor of Jeddah and chairman of the exhibition’s Higher Committee, thanked Price Khalid for his support of the fair since it was founded. He also expressed his gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their great support.

He added that the success of the event is the result of the hard work of a number of organizations. In particular, he wished the Ministry of Culture continued success in organizing the fair as part of its efforts to develop culture in the Kingdom as one of the pillars of Saudi Vision 2030.

Other VIP guests and dignitaries at the inauguration of the fair included Prince Badr bin Sultan, the deputy governor of Makkah; Prince Saud bin Abdullah, adviser to the governor of Makkah; and Prince Khalid bin Mishaal, deputy governor of Jeddah.

The book fair continues at Land of Events in South Abhur until Dec. 21.