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Officials signing deal on sidelines of Saudi Electricity Forum (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Riyadh – Localization of products associated with the industry of electricity reached 60 per cent and prices of domestic energy are very close to current global levels, according to an official at the Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources in Saudi Arabia.

Deputy Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) Saleh al-Awaji stated the past years witnessed the localization of heavy industries in cooperation with the entities related to the energy sector.

He pointed out that there are factories specialized in assembling gas turbines of capacity exceeding 300 megawatts.

During a press conference on the sidelines of the announcement of the meeting of Saudi Electricity Forum scheduled for October 10 to 12, Awaji confirmed that high-tension sectors will be localized in Saudi Arabia. He added that the process of localizing industries related to electricity will continue until needs of local markets have been met, noting that increasing energy efficiency will be reflected on the prices.

During the Forum, achievements of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques program which was launched a year ago, will be presented, stated Awaji. He said that the Forum will see a number of investment opportunities related to renewable energy and the settlement of services.

The Deputy said that renewable energy is a primary and important source for electricity and will help enhance electric energy. 

“Reconstructing sector of electricity is developing properly, and within a year, the general features of the structure of it will be completed,” Awaji said.

He pointed that some developments came up which required a revision of the structure with an inclination towards privatization of the electricity sector.

The Deputy explained that the forum will discuss challenges facing the sector and propose the appropriate solutions within the framework of Vision 2030. It will also review incentives and appropriate legislation aiming to introduce additional revenues to the national economy.

Awaji stressed that the ministry is concerned with encouraging and enhancing the localization of the electrical industries supporting these sectors, especially with industries related to the equipment, materials, electrical spare parts used in generating, transmitting, and distributing electric power. 

The forum and its associated Exhibition provide great opportunities for the local and international companies to directly market their innovative technologies and expertise to decision-makers, participants, and visitors. Also, they present a good chance to conduct meetings with companies, businessmen, and officials during the event.

International and local specialists will attend and give speeches in this Forum which represents an opportunity for senior officials, experts and investors to exchange experiences and enrich knowledge in the field of electricity, in addition to identifying investment opportunities in the Saudi market within the framework of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.