Saturday, 2 March 2024

Connecting Hafr Al-Batin Industrial City to the National Electricity Grid Enhance Strategy, Local Content –Modon CEO Says


The cooperation agreement signed by Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones “MODON” with the National Grid Saudi Arabia (SA) to establish a transmission plant and connect it to the network to deliver electricity to Hafr Al-Batin Industrial City is part of the promotion and modernization of basic services, facilities and infrastructure in the industrial cities, Modon General Director said.

General Director of Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones “Modon” Eng. Khaled bin Mohamed Al Salem underlined that “The promotion and modernization of basic services, facilities and infrastructure in industrial cities is carried out in accordance with the initiatives assigned to “Modon” in the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program (NIDLP).

The agreement comes in line with the role of “Modon” in the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 which aims to diversify the national economy by relying primarily on industry as an optimal strategic option, Eng. Khalid Al-Salem said.

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“The delivery of electricity service to Hafr Al-Batin Industrial City promotes the path of the “Modon” strategy to empower industry and contribute to increasing local content, by attracting and localizing value-added investments, and by extending industrial development tributaries to Hafr Al-Batin governorate to help stimulate commercial traffic between the Kingdom and neighboring countries, thereby maximizing the economic return under Vision 2030.” he pointed out.

Eng. Khalid Al-Salem also said that Hafr Al-Batin Industrial City was created in 2011 on 100 million m2, of which 1.5 million m2 has been developed, with 11 industrial, service and investment contracts to date.

“These contracts include many industries and products, most notably: beverages, paper and its products, coke industry, refined petroleum products, rubber and plastic products, other non-metallic mineral products, formed metal products except machinery and equipment, and the manufacture of construction materials, ceramics and glass.” He added.

Hafr Al-Batin Industrial City is distinguished by its proximity to the borders with Kuwait and Iraq, as well as a distance of 26 km to Al-Qaisumah Domestic Airport.

Since its establishment in 2001, Modon has been undertaking the development and supervision of industrial lands and integrated infrastructure. Today, it oversees 36 existing and under development industrial cities across the Kingdom, in addition to private industrial cities and complexes. These cities compromise more than 4000 factories including producer, existing and under construction and establishment.