Judicious power use could save SR 7.7 billion

Updated 14 November 2012

Judicious power use could save SR 7.7 billion

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will invest more than SR 500 billion into electricity projects during the next 15 years, said Dr. Saleh Al-Awaji, deputy minister for electricity affairs. Rationalization of power consumption could help the Kingdom save SR 7.7 billion annually, he added.
Speaking to reporters in Riyadh, he said about 60 percent of electricity supply in the Kingdom is consumed by homes, mainly for the purpose of air-conditioning. “This can be reduced by 40 to 50 percent by adopting power-saving systems and measures,” he said.
Al-Awaji said demand for electricity in the Kingdom was growing at the rate of 9% annually during the past 30 years. “Citizens should play a vital role in reducing wastage of electricity.”
Saudi Arabia currently generates more than 55,000 megawatts .
Total electricity subscribers in the Kingdom rose to 7 million last July, Al-Awaji said, adding that maximum load on power network reached 51,000 megawatts. He said the Kingdom would require 85,000 megawatts by the end of 2020 to meet demand.
About 76 percent of electricity is consumed by homes, traders and government buildings. Energy-saving airconditioners can reduce consumption from 60 to 20%. The use of oil for power production will increase from 4 to 8 million barrels per year by 2030.


Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

Updated 06 December 2019

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has become a leader in the field of archaeological research in the past five years, a major exhibition in Rome was told.

Abdullah Al-Zahrani, director-general of archaeological research and studies at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that 44 international archaeological missions had been carried out this year in the Kingdom.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition, which opened at the National Museum of Rome on Nov. 26.

The groundbreaking exhibition was inaugurated by Saudi Minister of Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini.

Al-Zahrani said that the Kingdom “has become one of the most advanced countries in terms of archaeological disclosures.”

“Recent discoveries by local and international missions have highlighted the Kingdom’s historical status and cultural depth as the cradle of the beginnings of human civilizations,” he said.

Archaeological discoveries continue to “instil the civilized dimension of the Kingdom,” he said.

“The religious, political, economic and cultural stature that Saudi Arabia enjoys is an extension of its long cultural heritage, in addition to its distinctive geographical position as a bridge and hub of cultural interaction between East and West that made it a meeting point for international land and sea trade routes throughout all ages,” he added.