King Sal­man to open a num­ber of Ras Al-Khair projects to­day

Arab News - - SAUDI ARABIA - MO­HAMMED AL-SULAMI

The launch of these projects will be yet an­other step in the King­dom's march to progress. It will once again prove that Saudi Ara­bia — un­der a wise lead­er­ship and with the de­ter­mi­na­tion of its cit­i­zens and the in­te­gra­tion of both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors — is able to re­al­ize ma­jor achieve­ments that mimic the great suc­cess sto­ries in the oil and gas sec­tor dur­ing the reigns of King Ab­dul Aziz, the founder, and his sons Saud and Faisal.

The King­dom wit­nessed the es­tab­lish­ment and de­vel­op­ment of the petro­chem­i­cal sec­tor and the es­tab­lish­ment of the cities of Jubail and Yanbu in the era of kings Khaled, Fahd and Ab­dul­lah.

These projects, in which min­istries and state in­sti­tu­tions joined forces with pri­vate sec­tor com­pa­nies, con­trib­uted to the found­ing of the modern min­ing sec­tor as an im­por­tant pil­lar of Saudi in­dus­try, and a new es­sen­tial trib­u­tary to the na­tional econ­omy with its ba­sic and man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries.

These projects are con­cen­trated around the in­dus­tries of alu­minum phos­phate in­dus­tries, in ad­di­tion to the in­fra­struc­ture projects which en­abled build­ing a world class and modern min­ing sec­tor, ex­e­cuted ac­cord­ing to state plans.

A strate­gic lo­ca­tion was se­lected for the city on the east coast of the King­dom, 80 km to the north of the city of Jubail, in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate the flow of its prod­ucts to global mar­kets.

JED­DAH: Cus­to­dian of the Two Holy Mosques King Sal­man will launch on Tues­day a num­ber of in­fra­struc­ture, de­vel­op­ment and min­ing projects in the Ras Al-Khair In­dus­trial City in the East­ern Prov­ince.

Ras Al-Khair city is an eco­nom­i­cally and de­vel­op­men­tally promis­ing cen­ter and a model of suc­cess in the es­tab­lish­ment of gi­ant in­dus­trial cities which host large in­vest­ment projects with their re­quire­ments for in­te­grated ser­vices.

The vol­ume of in­vest­ments in in­fra­struc­ture projects and min­ing in­dus­trial com­plexes is cur­rently more than SR130 bil­lion, con­tribut­ing some SR35 bil­lion to the King­dom's gross do­mes­tic prod­uct ( GDP).

In­fra­struc­ture projects and in­dus­trial min­ing also cre­ated 12,000 di­rect job op­por­tu­ni­ties, and tens of thou­sands of in­di­rect op­por­tu­ni­ties for cit­i­zens, whether in fac­to­ries or in in­fra­struc­ture projects.

The Ras Al-Khair city projects will be a launch pad to achieve the promis­ing goals of the sec­tor in achiev­ing its ob­jec­tives within Saudi Vi­sion 2030.

De­vel­op­ment and min­ing in­fra­struc­ture projects in Ras Al-Khair in­clude the rail­way pro­ject, or what is known as the min­ing train; Ras Al-Khair wa­ter de­sali­na­tion and power plant and Ras Al-Khair port; Maaden phos­phate mine in Jalamid in the north­ern bor­der area; Al Ba’itha baux­ite mine in the Qas­sim area; Maaden phos­phate com­plex in Ras Al-Khair; and Maaden alu­minum com­plex at Ras Al-Khair; in ad­di­tion to the ba­sic in­fra­struc­ture projects im­ple­mented by the Royal Com­mis­sion for Jubail and Yanbu, man­age­ment and op­er­a­tion body in Ras Al-Khair.

The launch of these mega projects con­firms the state’s de­ter­mi­na­tion, un­der the lead­er­ship of Cus­to­dian of the Two Holy Mosques King Sal­man, to achieve sus­tain­able and bal­anced de­vel­op­ment in all re­gions of the King­dom, achieve eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion and es­tab­lish new pil­lars upon which the Saudi econ­omy can stand.

These in­dus­trial min­ing projects will con­trib­ute to strength­en­ing the po­si­tion of the King­dom in world mar­kets, as well as the pri­vate sec­tor’s ben­e­fits of in­dus­trial in­te­gra­tion in the sec­tor, and ex­ploit­ing in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­tries that are sup­ported by the avail­abil­ity of raw ma­te­ri­als, in­fra­struc­ture and lo­gis­tics, and man­u­fac­tur­ing com­plexes in the city of Ras Al- Khair. The his­toric de­ci­sion taken by the state to es­tab­lish the Saudi Rail­way Com­pany (SAR) to take over su­per­vi­sion of the im­ple­men­ta­tion and op­er­a­tion of the North-South Rail­way Line Pro­ject is an im­por­tant step in es­tab­lish­ing in­fra­struc­ture for the modern min­ing sec­tor.

The large dis­tance that sep­a­rates the Ras Al-Khair min­ing city on the Ara­bian Gulf from phos­phate and baux­ite mines in both the north and cen­ter of King­dom made a rail­way one of the best so­lu­tions to sup­port the min­ing in­dus­try.

The rail­way is the most eco­nomic means of trans­port, and is the largest in terms of ca­pac­ity, in ad­di­tion to re­li­a­bil­ity for main­tain­ing the high­est se­cu­rity and safety stan­dards. It is also an ecofriendly means of trans­port.

The SR25-bil­lion pro­ject in­volves the trans­port of pas­sen­gers and cargo, as well as the min­ing train through a net­work of 2,750 km.

The train can help Maaden Phos­phate and Maaden Alu­minum de­liver phos­phate and baux­ite ore from the mines in the north and cen­ter of the King­dom to the man­u­fac­tur­ing ar­eas in the cities of Ras Al-Khair.

Ras Al-Khair is a model of suc­cess in the es­tab­lish­ment of gi­ant in­dus­trial cities.

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