SR 1.18 bn contract for KFMC expansion signed

Updated 07 October 2012

SR 1.18 bn contract for KFMC expansion signed

Health Minister Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah signed yesterday a SR 1.18 billion agreement for the construction of specialized medical centers at the King Fahd Medical City (KFMC) in Riyadh.
The minister also signed a separate contract for the construction of a National Cancer and Proton Beam Therapy Center at a cost of SR 277.6 million.
The minister signed the contracts with Latfiya Trading and Contracting Company, which has a partnership with Leighton Middle East.
He said the new projects are for the expansion of medical cities and specialized hospitals across the Kingdom.
KFMC CEO and Executive Director Abdullah bin Sulaiman Al-Amro was also present at the signing ceremony.
“A key mission of King Fahd Medical City is to provide the citizens of Saudi Arabia and the Middle East with access to the best possible diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative health care services in the region. These additions to the medical campus will further demonstrate our commitment to this mission. The expansion projects allow us to provide the region’s citizens with access to cutting-edge technology supporting the most advanced diagnostic and surgical procedures to date in oncology, neuroscience and cardiovascular care,” Al-Amro said.
“With only a handful of proton beam therapy centers operational in the world to date, King Fahd Medical City’s new state-of-the art cancer and proton beam therapy center will put KFMC into an elite category of health care providers offering patients this revolutionary radiation therapy treatment,” he added.
Al-Amro said the projects fall within the strategic plans of KFMC up to the year 2026. It plans to be the national referral base by 2013 in terms of the quality health services provided to patients and a regional base by 2016.
KFMC is working to raise health levels of citizens, work out high standards for practicing medicine, diagnose and treat complicated medical cases referred to it by other hospitals and medical centers and develop human resources through education and training.
The proposed projects included the establishment of a comprehensive cancer center, the neurosciences center, laboratory building, a center for stem cell research and associated administrative offices and the expansion of Prince Salman Cardiac Center.
The cancer center is a 238-bed, 11-story building composed of 80 units and training facilities. The neurosciences center is an 11-story building and will have 10 specialized operating theaters in addition to 40-bed neuro intensive care units and another 316-bed neuro research laboratory center.
The expansion at Prince Salman Cardiac Center will include construction of more rooms for cardiac patients, medical education and training theaters and a rehabilitation center. The expansion will increase the number of rooms at Prince Salman Cardiac Center to 213.
The projected stem cell research center and associated administrative offices will occupy an area of 7,000 square meters and will be connected to nearby medical buildings to facilitate transfer of medical and technical staff of the center.
Located in Riyadh,KFMC is one of the largest independent medical cities in the Middle East consisting of a main hospital, a women’s specialist hospital, a children’s hospital and a rehabilitation hospital. In addition to the four hospitals, KFMC also features additional medical centers on its campus including the Prince Salman Cardiac Center, a Neuroscience Center, the Prince Sultan Hematology and Oncology Center and the Specialized Diabetes and Endocrine Center.


Attacks on oil facilities in Kingdom threaten world economy: Saudi energy minister

Updated 15 September 2019

Attacks on oil facilities in Kingdom threaten world economy: Saudi energy minister

  • Aramco says no staff injured in attacks
  • Aramco is currently working on restoring the lost quantities

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said drones that attacked Saudi Aramco installations had caused an interruption of an estimated 5.7 million barrels in crude supplies and threaten the world economy.

Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said as a result of the terrorist acts, oil production in Abqaiq and Khurais was knocked out temporarily and that estimates show that 50 percent of the company’s production had been interrupted.

Part of the decrease will be compensated to clients through reserves, Prince Abdulaziz said in a statement carried on the Saudi Press Agency.

The newly appointed minister confirmed there were no injuries to staff at the locations targeted, adding that the company is still assessing the resulting damage.

The attacks not only target the Kingdom’s vital installations, but also target the international oil supply and threaten its security, he said, and are a threat to the world economy. 

The blasts took place at 3:31am and 3:42am at the two locations, both in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, causing fires that were brought under control by emergency services.

The drone attacks, at the world’s largest oil processing plant at Abqaiq and at an oilfield in Khurais, highlight the importance of the international community to protect energy supply against “all terrorist sides that carry out, support and finance such cowardly disruptive acts,” the statement said.

He said that these blasts also knocked out the production of 2bn cubic feet of associated gas daily, used to produce 700,000 barrels of natural gas liquids, which will lead to an approximate 50 percent decrease of Ethane and natural gas liquids supply.

The statement said the company is currently working on restoring the lost quantities, and will present updated information within the next 48 hours.

World leaders condemned the attacks on Saudi Arabia on Saturday and those behind the terrorist acts. 

Donald Trump called Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to reassert his country's “readiness to cooperate with the Kingdom, by all means conducive to maintain its security and stability.”

The Crown Prince "underscored the Kingdom willingness and strength to thwart such a terrorist aggression and deal with its consequences,” SPA reported on Saturday.

The UAE said it “condemns this act of terrorism and sabotage and considers it as a new evidence of the terrorist groups’ attempts to undermine the security and stability of the region as a whole.”

“The Houthis must stop undermining Saudi Arabia’s security by threatening civilian areas and commercial infrastructure,” said the British government.

“The US strongly condemns today’s drone attacks. These attacks against critical infrastructure endanger civilians, are unacceptable, and sooner or later will result in innocent lives being lost,” said the US envoy in Riyadh John Abizaid.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was emphatic about the need to condemn Iranian aggression, specifically on Saudi Arabia, and the need to ensure the security of world energy supplies.

“Tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia while Rouhani and Zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy. Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply. There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.” he tweeted, “We call on all nations to publicly and unequivocally condemn Iran’s attacks. The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression”

The Houthis, who are backed by Iran, said they had carried out the attacks and that 10 drones had been used.