Tunnel planned to ease Riyadh road excavations

Updated 28 April 2014

Tunnel planned to ease Riyadh road excavations

The Riyadh Municipality is considering a proposal to build a single tunnel that will extend throughout major streets in the city for future underground projects.
The move aims to limit road construction and excavations, which hinder traffic flow.
The municipality submitted their proposal during the very first workshop held in Riyadh to monitor excavation work.
The paper revealed some of the most prominent problems resulting from roadwork, which mainly included congestion and weakening road infrastructure through repetitive digging operations at the same locations.
The study found that most contractors are not committed to the terms of their contracts, have failed to deliver tangible results and have done more harm than good to road infrastructure.
A single tunnel near the King Abdullah Financial Center helps in distributing services, such as water and electricity networks, water floods drainage networks, communication lines, irrigation pipes, hard waste suction pipes and fire-distinguishing network pipes, the study said.
The study found that soil and cement reinforcement is crucial prior to embarking on drilling or digging operations.
There are 13 bodies that are authorized to acquire licenses for digging and excavation works on the streets of Riyadh.
Four of these companies are affiliated with the city’s municipality, in addition to the High Commission for the Development of Riyadh, the Traffic Department, the Ministry of Transportation, the General Organization for Seawater Desalination, the National Water Company, communication companies and the Saudi Electricity Company.
More than 119,400 licenses have been granted over the past five years, with excavation work spanning more than 27,000 km.
This translates to an average of 79 licenses a day, sources said.


Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources launches mining reserves, complexes and mining licenses service

Updated 01 October 2020

Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources launches mining reserves, complexes and mining licenses service

  • The move comes as a preparation for the launch of the new mining investment system

RIYADH: The minister of industry and mineral resources, Bandar bin Ibrahim Alkhorayef, launched a service on Thursday giving people access to the Taadin (mining) electronic platform that will include all electronically submitted applications for licenses, the registry of all licenses issued by the platform and their procedures, and the registry of mining complexes and mining reserves.

This move comes as a preparation for the launch of the new mining investment system, which was recently approved by the government and will come into effect at the beginning of 2021.

The launch of these services comes in respect with Article 4 of the new mining investment system, as it seeks to promote transparency in the sector and provide all relevant parties with access to information about licenses and mining areas.

“The ministry has tirelessly worked, in cooperation with numerous consultancy firms specialized in the field of mining, to develop the new mining investment system, which is now aligned with the best international practices in the relevant field,” said Khalid bin Saleh Al-Mudaifer, deputy minister of industry and mineral resources.

 “We are currently working on preparing the executive regulations, conditions and necessary electronic models to deal with all kinds of license applications. We are also working to further develop the Taadin platform, which will be receiving and rapidly dealing with applications after all the requirements become available soon.

“When the regulations, conditions and models are completed, it will be possible, through this platform, to clarify and facilitate the requirements for licenses and businesses and receive the investors’ new applications,” he added, noting “this development in terms of mining-related legislations in the Kingdom is an important part of the Kingdom’s mining strategy, which is an integral part of the ambitious 2030 Vision and the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program, that aim at developing the mining sector, turning it into the third pillar of the Saudi industrial sector.”

The ministry invites all those interested in acquiring further information to visit the following website: https://www.dmmr.gov.sa/mop/pages/home.aspx.