TRSDC awards waste management contracts

The Red Sea Project site, which is being developed from the ground up on the western coast of Saudi Arabia, awarded the solid waste management contract to a joint venture between Averda and the Saudi Naval Support Company (SNS).
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Updated 19 May 2020

TRSDC awards waste management contracts

The Red Sea Development Company (TRSDC), the developer behind one of the world’s most ambitious tourism initiatives, has awarded a solid waste management contract to a joint venture between waste management company Averda and the Saudi Naval Support Company (SNS).

The partnership involves collecting and recycling waste generated by administration offices, residential facilities, and construction activities, meeting the high environmental standards set for the project and with the goal of “zero waste to landfill.”

“We’re uncompromising in our commitment to protect, preserve and enhance the natural environment. Pioneering new standards in sustainable development to achieve this goal is at the heart of The Red Sea Project, as is selecting the right partners who are willing and able to support our ambition,” said John Pagano, chief executive of TRSDC.

“We are pleased to award this contract and feel confident that both organizations will play a key role in the delivery of our aim to achieve zero waste to landfill even during the construction phase, collecting and sorting waste to ensure where appropriate, waste is recycled, composted or incinerated.”

Recycling and reusing waste underpin this contract approach as it will support the company in designing, building, and operating municipal solid waste (MSW) and construction and demolition waste (CDW) plants. The recyclable material that is recovered from both the MSW and CDW stream is then transferred for further processing or used as fill material on the project.

Similarly, a composting unit is then utilized for turning organic-rich waste into compost to be used for the project’s landscaped areas and in the site nursery. Equally important, incinerators are used for processing any non-recyclable waste, and the ash generated is mixed with cement for the production of bricks.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to serve this prestigious project. It gives us an opportunity to demonstrate our expertise in the waste management sector and that when leveraged correctly, our approach can contribute to Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 for sustainability and circular carbon economy concepts,” said Wissam Zantout, managing director — Saudi Arabia, Averda.

The Red Sea Project site is being developed from the ground up, with no pre-existing infrastructure in place. The award of this contract represents another positive step forward in the development of enabling infrastructure that supports the delivery of the first and second phases of construction.

TRSDC is developing Saudi Arabia’s flagship international tourism destination and is setting new standards in sustainable development. Its sustainability targets include a 100 percent reliance on renewable energy, a total ban on single-use plastics, and complete carbon neutrality in the destination’s operations.


STC powers G20 Summit media center with 5G network

Updated 24 November 2020

STC powers G20 Summit media center with 5G network

As part of its partnership with the G20 Saudi Secretariat, STC Group, the digital enabler of the Kingdom’s agenda for the G20 Leaders’ Summit 2020, provided its 5G services to the media center responsible for covering the summit activities. In addition, the Saudi telecom operator supported all sites dedicated for hosting the summit’s virtual meetings, with technologies that enabled digital services throughout all the G20 Summit meetings held under the presidency of the Kingdom.

At the International Media Center, STC set up the “This is Saudi Arabia” platform. Among its aims was the rediscovery of Saudi Arabia through a new perspective, highlighting tourist sites and national heritage in a technologically innovative manner and providing media professionals covering the summit with information on the Kingdom’s touristic offerings.

Majid Al-Qasabi, minister of commerce and investment and acting minister of media, visited STC’s pavilion at the International Media Center, where he was briefed on the telecom giant’s role in supporting the facility and providing technical services to participating media professionals.

Dr. Fahd Al-Tunsi, secretary-general of the G20 Saudi Secretariat, said that he valued the significant role and efforts exerted by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and its partner — the STC Group — during the Kingdom’s G20 presidency year, adding that such efforts have led to positive results for all stakeholders.  

The company provided more than 11 high-speed sites, covering all areas with wireless networks to serve the digital requirements of the virtual meetings and conferences. In addition, STC provided its logistic and technical services required to ensure the success of this event.   

STC Group CEO Nasser Sulaiman Al-Nasser said: “As a digital enabler, we take pride in our cooperation with the G20 Saudi presidency at this important time for the Kingdom, and we look forward to providing all services to enable realizing the objectives of this cooperation during the Saudi G20 presidency year.”

He added that the success of the virtual summit in the Kingdom is “an incentive for us in the telecommunications and information technology sector to move forward in the digital transformation journey of the Kingdom.”

“We are proud of the achievements of our country, and we are keen to implement our strategy in supporting investment infrastructure, as well as offering all smart solutions and all capabilities to keep pace with the national requirements and new global developments,” Al-Nasser added.