Saudi energy minister: Kingdom ready to help Texas, other states suffering power outages due to storm

Saudi energy minister: Kingdom ready to help Texas, other states suffering power outages due to storm
Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman was speaking at the International Energy Forum on Wednesday. (Screenshot/IEF)
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Updated 18 February 2021

Saudi energy minister: Kingdom ready to help Texas, other states suffering power outages due to storm

Saudi energy minister: Kingdom ready to help Texas, other states suffering power outages due to storm
  • Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman sent good wishes for “friends and family” members in US states that suffered massive outages due to snow storms

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is ready to offer help to the United States after millions of people have been suffering power outages for days due to winter storms, the kingdom’s energy minister said.  
Prince Abdul Aziz bin Salman sent good wishes for “friends and family” members in US states that suffered massive outages due to snow storms.  
“I couldn't start without having to put few words of hope and good wishes for our friends, and I would add family members, in many places in Texas, Oklahoma, California, Louisiana,” he said in remarks during the opening of the International Energy Forum dialogue on Wednesday. 
“I certainly, as a Saudi, as someone who is heading this sector, I can speak volumes about the friendship and partnerships and sense of family that we have with so many of these states. I can speak on behalf of the whole sector to say that our hearts and minds are with you, and as always Saudi Arabia does stand ready to extend any support that we can render.”
“We would leave no capacity that we have within our reach, that we could offer to help and support that we will be ready and stand ready to be that supportive friend and supportive family member.” 
The extreme weather conditions this week have been blamed for the deaths of more than 30 people, some of whom perished while struggling to keep warm inside their homes. 
Widespread power outages left millions of Texans without electricity or heat, sparking a fury this week among residents and politicians who are asking who was to blame for a massive failure of the state’s energy infrastructure.