Signing to develop programs and initiatives for disabled in KSA

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Updated 28 June 2020

Signing to develop programs and initiatives for disabled in KSA

  • HADAF will work to ensure that all its services and programs cater to the needs of people with disabilities

RIYADH: A memorandum of cooperation (MoC) has been signed to design programs and initiatives to enhance training and employment for people with disabilities in Saudi Arabia.

The Human Resources Development Fund (HADAF), in cooperation with the Authority for the Care of Persons with Disabilities (APD) has signed the memorandum based on a previous MoC, exchanging information and partnering in developing legislation and plans for people with disabilities.

The two parties agreed to implement the MoC through a joint working team that includes specialists from both parties. The team will be given the authority to seek specialized expertise and representatives of other parties and form sub-working teams.

Existing projects between the two parties will continue in accordance with the contracts and agreements concluded previously.

HADAF will work to ensure that all its services and programs cater to the needs of people with disabilities, provide statistical and qualitative reports and studies, design suitable programs and initiatives and participate in preparing educational and training programs.

The authority will provide HADAF, represented by the General Administration for the Employment of Persons with Disabilities (Tawafuq), with information that contributes to the preparation of interim programs and plans to empower persons with disabilities.

The authority will also link the Saudi National Disability Registry (SNDR) to HADAF’s electronic systems, develop awareness programs to improve society’s view of people with disabilities and instruct job seekers with disabilities to register with the National Labor Portal (TAQAT) to receive employment services.

The memorandum of cooperation comes as an affirmation of the importance of unifying and joining efforts between the authority and HADAF.

This is in addition to supporting the authority in carrying out its tasks to benefit people with disabilities to guarantee achieving national goals that support their empowerment and integration into society.


New agreement for green hydrogen production plant in NEOM

Updated 07 July 2020

New agreement for green hydrogen production plant in NEOM

  • The joint venture project is the first partnership for NEOM with international and national partners in the renewable energy field

JEDDAH: A $5 billion production facility powered by renewable energy to supply 650 tons of carbon-free hydrogen daily for export to global markets is to be built at the main NEOM site under a new agreement.

Air Products, a world-leading industrial gases company, and ACWA Power, a developer and operator of power generation and desalinated water production plants, signed the agreement with NEOM to build the hydrogen-based ammonia production facility, which will be equally owned by the three partners. It aims to produce green ammonia for export to global markets by 2025.

The joint venture project is the first partnership for NEOM, a new model for sustainable living located in the north west corner of the Saudi Arabia, with international and national partners in the renewable energy field. It will include the innovative integration of more than four gigawatts of renewable power from solar and wind power and storage using various methods of production.

“This partnership reflects our deep commitment to developing a carbon-positive society that will be a beacon for sustainable living and a solution to many of the environmental challenges facing the world,” said Nadhmi Al Nasr, NEOM CEO.

“NEOM’s Board of Directors, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the company’s executive team are delighted to announce this significant milestone, the world’s largest renewable hydrogen project, for NEOM to make it a global leader in green hydrogen production and green fuels. We are also excited that two world-class organizations, Air Products and ACWA Power, have joined us in developing this major project, the first of many developments at this scale that will put NEOM at the heart of a new future society.”

“We are honored and proud to partner with ACWA Power and NEOM and use proven technologies to make the world’s dream of 100 percent green energy a reality,” said Seifi Ghasemi, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer for Air Products.

Ghasemi went on to say that harnessing the unique profile of NEOM’s sun and wind to convert water to hydrogen will yield a clean source of energy on a massive scale and will rid the world of over 3 million tons of CO2 emissions annually and eliminate smog-forming emissions and other pollutants from the equivalent of over 700,000 cars.

Air Products will be the exclusive off-taker of the green ammonia and intends to transport it around the world to be turned into green hydrogen for the transportation market.

ACWA Power chairman Mohammed A. Abunayyan said that “based in NEOM’s Industrial Cluster and enabled by its unique mandate, this investment will integrate and localize cutting-edge technologies that will harness solar and wind power to produce sustainable and globally accessible green energy.”

“ACWA Power has a proven track record of leveraging pioneering renewable technologies to deliver carbon-free power at the lowest cost. With our global experience, we are confident that our collaboration with an industry-leading company like Air Products will create significant opportunities in the production of green hydrogen, and further us in our goal to help countries meet their clean energy targets and unlock significant socio-economic benefits.”