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Nuclear power

Saudi Electricity signs South Korea deals Subscription Required

5 March 2015 | By Philippa Wilkinson

Cooperation on nuclear energy studies agreed

Combined cycle power plant

Japanese firm wins Saudi electricity order Subscription Required

3 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Yokogawa Electric will provide distributed control systems

Saudi Aramco's Khurais expansion

Aramco considers cancelling $3bn Khurais expansion Subscription Required

3 March 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Decision on whether to proceed will be made in June after engineering is complete

Housing

Saudi firm teams up with housing specialist Subscription Required

2 March 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Local company partners with Brazilian firm to build low-cost homes

Desalination plant

Saudi Arabia plans nine desalination plants by 2020 Subscription Required

2 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Combined capacity will be about 3 million cubic metres a day

Power

Bidders wait for Saudi power plant deadline Subscription Required

1 March 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Contractors submitted technical bids in October for Waad al-Shamal power generation facility

Stadium

Saudi stadiums progress slows Subscription Required

1 March 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Construction contracts were due to be awarded in late 2014

Jeddah in Saudi Arabia

El-Seif wins Jeddah ministry headquarters deal Subscription Required

26 February 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Local contractor will build Saudi Arabia Interior Ministry building in Jeddah

Biolab Arabia planning to diversify into construction and oil and gas sectors

Saudi chemicals company to expand operations Subscription Required

26 February 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Biolab Arabia planning to diversify into construction and oil and gas sectors

Khalid al-Falih, CEO of Saudi Aramco

Aramco CEO confirms Jizan chemicals hub Subscription Required

26 February 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Khalid al-Falih says new refinery will provide feedstock for downstream development

Refinery

Jizan refinery and power plant scheduled for 2018 Subscription Required

25 February 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

If execution goes to schedule commissioning of both will start in 2017

Jizan gasification plant capacity to be 4,000MW

Jizan gasification plant capacity to be 4,000MW Subscription Required

25 February 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Aramco clarifies confusion over capacity of world’s largest integrated gasification combined-cycle power plant

Ras al-Khair Industrial City is being developed to focus on minerals and metals products

Royal Commission to tender $1bn of Ras al-Khair deals Subscription Required

25 February 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Industrial city being developed to focus on minerals and metals products

Mining

Maaden revenues close in on $3bn in 2014 Subscription Required

25 February 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Mining company developing programmes in Northern and Eastern parts of kingdom

Houses

Royal Commission to bridge housing gap Subscription Required

24 February 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Three major housing projects being built to service Jubail industrial City

Sabic plans 9,000 new villas for staff

Sabic plans 9,000 new villas for staff Subscription Required

24 February 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Majority of new villas will be built in Jubail

Desalination

SWCC to tender desalination projects Subscription Required

24 February 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Largest planned project will be Jubail 3 plant, which will have a capacity of 1.5 million cubic metres a day

Office building

Sabic to tender Jubail office in 2015 Subscription Required

24 February 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

First phase of Jubail office will have capacity for 4,500 employees

Wastewater

Royal Commission to expand central wastewater plant Subscription Required

24 February 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Project will expand capacity of plant by almost 40,000 cubic metres a day

Jubail Industrial City

Royal Commission to tender $11bn of new projects Subscription Required

24 February 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Saudi Arabia’s Royal Commission of Jubail & Yanbu outlines 200 new contracts planned to be awarded by 2020

Analysis

Refined products sales

Saudi refining plan hinges on curbing subsidies Subscription Required

1 March 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Kingdom aims to become world’s second-largest exporter of refined products

Ethylene production costs

Oil price drop will lower GCC petrochemicals margins Subscription Required

15 February 2015 | By Mark Watts

Regional producers will face stronger competition from naphtha-based crackers in Asia and Europe

Riyadh in Saudi Arabia

Saudi government continues massive spending plans Subscription Required

10 February 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Positive forecasts for construction sector as government announces additional infrastructure spending

Unchanged fiscal strategy for Saudi Arabia

Unchanged fiscal strategy for Saudi Arabia Subscription Required

9 February 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

There had been expectations of sweeping changes to the kingdom’s economic strategy

Amgad Husein Subscription Required

28 January 2015

Amgad Husein is partner at Dentons Saudi Arabia

Stability: King Salman's (extreme right) first priority was to establish a clear line of succession to the throne

Saudi Arabia's next generation emerges Subscription Required

27 January 2015

The many challenges facing Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

The House of Saud

The House of Saud Subscription Required

27 January 2015

Take a look at the house of Saud’s family tree through MEED’s image gallery

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Obituary: King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud Subscription Required

23 January 2015 | By Richard Thompson

The death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah deprives the Middle East of one of its most forceful political leaders of recent times

Railway construction

Rail projects safe from oil price drop Subscription Required

19 January 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

No sign of delays for existing rail and metro projects across the GCC although new project plans unlikely to materialise this year

Rayed Abdullah al-Ajaji Subscription Required

7 January 2015

Rayed Abdullah al-Ajaji is president at Universal Metal Coating Company (Unicoil) Saudi Arabia

Ismail Shar Al-Sulby Subscription Required

7 January 2015

Ismail Shar al-Sulby is general manager, Long Products Business Unit at Sabic Metals

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

People to watch 2015 Subscription Required

5 January 2015

Twelve key figures who will shape the region’s economy in the coming year

Comment

Kevin Baxter

Khurais field's future under threat

5 March 2015

Saudi Aramco will make decision when cost savings are established

The majority of the labourers working on the GCC’s construction sites come from India and other subcontinent countries

GCC contractors consider bumper Indian budget

5 March 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Competition may subside, but labour costs could increase

Kevin Baxter

Aramco pushing ahead with Jizan refinery

5 March 2015

The $20bn investment is expected to drive growth in the remote area of Saudi Arabia

Stadium projects

Low oil prices leave little room for stadiums

3 March 2015 | By Colin Foreman

Forecasts at the end of 2014 said stadium projects would stall

Refinery

Aramco’s selective spending

3 March 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Oil major focusing on specific schemes is right strategy at this time

Refinery

Jizan turning the corner

24 February 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Economic forum will bring renewed hope for the region

Kevin Baxter

Saudi Arabia's tight gas plans take shape

23 February 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Saudi Aramco is committed to unconventional gas project in the kingdom

Construction

New vision for GCC construction workforce

22 February 2015 | By Sachin Kerur

Development of a regional policy for hiring workers is under discussion

Offshore oil rig

Aramco looks to share the pain

10 February 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Bullish production policy means oil major can’t make too many demands from its upstream vendors

The return of the Sudairi influence is best illustrated though the appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef (left) as the deputy crown prince

Sudairi influence returns to kingdom

8 February 2015 | By Hossam Abougabal

Sudairi branch influence grows as King Salman makes personnel changes

Renewable energy

KA-Care needs a fresh start

3 February 2015 | By Andrew Roscoe

Disbanding the supreme council for atomic and renewable energy was not a surprise

King Salman: Focus on maintaining stability

Next generation joins the Saudi succession

27 January 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

The Saudi king has brought the younger generation into the line of succession to ensure stability, but political and economic issues remain

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Managers not monarchs matter most in Saudi Arabia

23 January 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

Radical economic progress and measured social reform were hallmarks of King Abdullah’s reign

King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Salman's first challenge is to secure the succession

23 January 2015 | By Richard Thompson

The new ruler must continue the approach of the late king and to present a clear and confident succession plan

Saudi Arabia plays the long game

Saudi Arabia plays the long game

20 January 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

While there are worrying developments, reports on the demise of the kingdom’s oil sector are wildly exaggerated

Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Masters of the new world energy order

18 January 2015 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

The GCC, the worlds’ biggest energy exporter, and the US, the world’s largest energy consumer are emerging as leaders in a new world energy order

Ras Tanura refinery in Saudi Arabia

Aramco still committed to long-term vision

6 January 2015 | By Kevin Baxter

Ras Tanura postponement should not be misconstrued as anything other than capital investment planning

With Opec production likely to stay constant for at least six months, US hydrocarbons production is now the major source of uncertainty for the oil market

Arab countries will not blink first on oil Subscription Required

22 December 2014 | By Wil Crisp

Regional energy ministers take tough stance on output

Saudi Aramco's Khurais oil field in Saudi Arabia

Why GCC producers are happy to see oil fall Subscription Required

18 December 2014 | By Edmund O'Sullivan

The GCC’s oil producers will be the biggest winners from the 2014 oil price crash

Aluminium industry

Saudisation challenge continues for Maaden Subscription Required

18 December 2014 | By Elizabeth Bains

Hiring local nationals at industrial sites has been slow

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