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The region’s power connection

The region’s power connection

The first step toward integrating the region’s power grids will be complete by the end of July. We know it doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it is.

July 8, 2009 10:05 by

Ali Al Barrak, CEO of Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), disclosed Tuesday his company’s plan to establish solar and wind energy projects in association with international companies.

“We are now seeking the cooperation of French companies to establish solar energy projects, and of Japanese companies for wind energy projects,” he said, adding that some locations, such as Dhuba and Dhalam, had been identified for the wind energy projects.

Al Barrak spoke to reporters on the sidelines of the power agreement signing ceremony.

Speaking about SEC’s Internet service company, he said it had already carried out experimental operations in Jeddah and Dammam. “We are facing some technical glitches that need to be addressed.”

He said the Internet company was also awaiting regulations from the Telecommunication and Information Technology Commission (TITC) in order to make investments in the field. Al Barrak said the year 2008 was the most difficult period for contractors in terms of receiving materials and manpower.

First seen in Arab News.

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