SEC to guarantee uninterrupted power supply
Company reassures industrialists over frequent outages
Saudi Electric Company (SEC) has responded to the concerns of local industrialists following recurring power outages in Jeddah by indicating that it has taken steps to guarantee an uninterrupted power supply in the city.
“The SEC has found solutions to the supply interruptions experienced at Jeddah’s industrial city, particularly during the peak hours between 1 pm and 5 pm,” said Ali Barrak, SEC’s executive vice president, at a meeting with local factory owners in Jeddah yesterday, according to the Arab News daily.
“The company has already taken steps to strengthen its infrastructure so that it is able to carry more high tension load than in past years,” Barrak added.
“I would like to make clear certain things in the light of the recurring power failures. The government has been encouraging investments in the industrial sector, which plays the role of diversifying the country’s sources of income,” said Ulfat Qabbani, chairwoman of the Jeddah Council of Social Responsibility, according to the paper.
“Supply of power at the rate of 12 halala /kilowatt is a significant incentive for the industrial sector,” Qabbani continued, adding that 475 factories in the industrial city need an uninterrupted supply of electricity.