Ministry discusses ways to enforce insulation for new homes

Updated 19 November 2012

Ministry discusses ways to enforce insulation for new homes

An official at the Ministry of Water and Electricity has said that the ministry is discussing a mechanism to enforce insulation requirements in home construction projects with the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs. He said owners’ failure to comply may be denied electricity and water connections.
Dr. Saleh Al-Awaji, Undersecretary for Electricity Affairs, said that a pre-paid card system is being discussed and may be implemented simultaneously with the execution of the ministry’s smart meters project. Smart meters are now implemented in the industrial sector and will be implemented in the commercial sector. In an interview in Al-Madina newspaper, Al-Awaji said that the current power link with companies in the GCC countries’ involves sharing reserves only and is not a power-exchange. However, efforts are being exerted to establish a joint GCC market for power exchanges based on bilateral agreements.
Awareness campaigns on rationalizing the use of electricity are one of the tools that help in rationalizing the use of electricity “although we need more attractive means to send awareness messages to consumers.”
There are many ways to preserve power, including carrying out constructions on a scientific basis. “Thermal insulation saves 40 to 50 percent of power consumption resulted from the use of air conditioners, which represents the majority of consumption, especially in the summer.” “A royal decree was issued several years ago forcing the installation of insulation in buildings but we still construct buildings with no insulation. This, and the improper use of electrical appliances, is an unnecessary waste of power.”
Another factor contributing to the overconsumption of power is the usage of electrical appliances of poor quality, especially air conditioners. They [unnecessarily] increase consumption by 10 to 15 percent. “There must be a quality-control mechanism for imported and domestically-manufactured appliances whereby they meet a minimum quality standard.”
He said that a project for the countries to share their reserves was being operated. “Before operation, there was some skepticism about its feasibility, but then all countries saw the major benefits.” He said there is a plan to establish a power link between the Kingdom and Egypt that awaits the approval of higher authorities. The ministry also intends to benefit from the European electricity market “but this requires more investments and more international agreements because the territories of other countries will be involved.”
A link with a country like Egypt would be highly beneficial. Egypt has equal or similar electricity loads throughout the year while in Saudi Arabia the consumption varies largely in summer and winter. “As Egypt faces the difficulty of scheduling maintenance for its plants because they are running all year, it could use the Saudi surplus electric power in winter while some of its plants are being maintained. Saudi Arabia could in turn could benefit from Egypt’s electricity at peak times. “Peak times differ between the two countries because electricity here is mostly used for air conditioning, so the peak time (in summer) would be noon and afternoon. In Egypt electricity is mostly used for lightening and its peak times are after sunset.”


Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development reports launch of 20 initiatives

Updated 28 February 2020

Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development reports launch of 20 initiatives

  • Al-Rajhi also announced that the ministry has signed agreements and launched several initiatives to nationalize 595,000 jobs by the end of 202

RIYADH: The Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Eng. Ahmed bin Suleiman Al-Rajhi said on Thursday that the ministry has recently launched 20 new initiatives based on recommendations from entrepreneurs to help develop the Saudi labor market. Al-Rajhi was speaking at a workshop aimed at supporting private sector facilities in Saudi Arabia.

“The ministry, in cooperation with relevant authorities, launched 68 initiatives last year aiming to develop and nationalize the business sector in the Saudi labor market and address related challenges,” he said in his opening speech. “The ministry has achieved everything that was agreed on in meetings and workshops held with businessmen, and the aim of (today’s) meeting is to follow up on the sector’s needs to help develop new initiatives.”

He added that the ministry is working on measuring the impact of the 20 most-recent initiatives on the development of the Saudi labor market, explaining that they were designed to “expand the development of the private sector through automation, enable employees of the private sector to develop incentives and rehabilitation programs, and improve the organization of the labor market by implementing relevant legislation.”

Al-Rajhi also announced that the ministry has signed agreements and launched several initiatives to nationalize 595,000 jobs by the end of 2020. To date, he said, those initiatives have resulted in more than 323,000 Saudis joining the labor market, adding that the ministry is working on nationalizing engineering and health soon.

He finished by saying that the ministry will continue to assist in developing the business sector and increasing Saudis’ participation in economic and national development, in line with Saudi Vision 2030.