Energy minister calls for R&D on petrochemicals, renewables

Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih addresses at the 21st St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday. (SPA)
Updated 04 June 2017

Energy minister calls for R&D on petrochemicals, renewables

RIYADH: Khalid Al-Falih, minister of energy, industry and mineral resources, has urged attendees of an economic forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, to invest in research and development of petrochemicals and renewable energy, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
The minister, who was addressing the 21st St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) on Friday, stressed the key role played by new technologies in speeding up the diversification of energy sources and minimizing the current risks on climate.
Al-Falih joined the session titled “Mechanisms of Global Economy — Hydrocarbon Energy: Will it become a Legacy of the Past or Basics of Development?”
Speakers focused on the importance of commitment to the recent oil production reduction agreement between OPEC and non-OPEC members for another nine months.
The Saudi minister said OPEC and non-OPEC members in the reduction agreement will study the possibility of increasing the reduction rates in their meeting in November.
He ruled out that the global peak on oil demand will occur before 2050.
He also said Saudi Aramco will invest in the production of gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the global level.
The forum speakers also stressed that oil will remain a key energy source in the long term and that it should not be looked at as the sole pollution source. They also emphasized the need to adopt a comprehensive plan to deal with climate change.
Since its launch in 1997, the forum has become a leading global platform for representatives of the business community to meet and discuss the key economic issues facing Russia, emerging markets and the world as a whole.
Over 12,000 participants attended the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2016, from 133 countries.


Saudi’s Qassim prepares over 200 mosques for Friday prayers

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi’s Qassim prepares over 200 mosques for Friday prayers

  • Volunteers will help worshipers disperse between mosques
  • The first call to prayer will be announced 20 minutes earlier

DUBAI: Islamic authority in Qassim region have approved 205 mosques to perform Friday prayers according to new regulations, state news agency SPA reported.

The first call to prayer will be announced 20 minutes earlier, and khutbas – religious address delivered by the imam – to last at maximum for 15 minutes.

Also, volunteers will help worshipers disperse between mosques.

Mosques across the Kingdom, except for those in Makkah, have opened their doors to worshippers on Sunday, May 31, as coronavirus restrictions ease.

Last week, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Sheikh called on Muslims to respect ongoing safety measures inside mosques, such as bringing their own prayer mats, wearing masks and washing hands prior to entering the vicinities.

Al-Asheikh said preventative measures will remain in place to ensure a safe return of worshipers to mosques for Friday prayers from May 31 until June 20.