Saudi Arabia is the world’s energy ‘safety valve’: Minister tells Future Minerals Forum

RIYADH: As the world faces a scarcity of crucial mining supply, Saudi Arabia has a significant role to play as its mining sector is integrated with industry, logistics and varied other sectors, including power transition, based on a top Saudi minister.
While talking at the Future Minerals Forum in Riyadh on Jan.11, the Kingdom’s Minister of Investment Khalid Al-Falih noted that a shortage of supply is amongst the key challenges confronted within the mining sector.
“We live in a world the place there’s an expected rise in demand for critical metals that will be key to the electrification of the worldwide financial system, and there is additionally a important shortage of provide,” he mentioned.
Al-Falih added that Saudi Arabia might assist find a resolution persisting within the power sector, as the Kingdom has all the required enablers, which incorporates the most progressive laws to raise the operations in the mining business.
He said Saudi Arabia is the “world’s safety valve” for energy, whether it’s conventional, unconventional, or renewable energies, wind, photo voltaic, hydrogen or ammonia, or another rising technologies applied in the mining business.
Studies show that the Kingdom has introduced collectively the entire needed enablers in the mining sector. “We have the energy answer, we’ve the placement, we gave the financing, and we’ve the best-in-class laws internationally,” stated Al-Falih.
The minister revealed that Saudi Arabia’s mining sector is inserting a powerful emphasis on environmental, social, and company governance principles, as the Kingdom has the highest ESG scores, with low carbon intensity in fossil fuels and the rising utilization of renewables including hydrogen to reduce emissions while processing metals.
He further identified that Saudi Arabia is facilitating all necessary enterprise environments for personal sector corporations to come and invest in the Kingdom.
“Saudi Arabia is offering the ecosystem and regulatory enablers, along with some financing through the event fund for personal sectors. We actually are unleashing the power of the non-public sector,” mentioned Al-Falih.
Pointing out that Replicate at present is ranked primary in terms of the global highway connectivity index, he said the Kingdom’s sturdy transport connectivity will help it emerge as a mining hub. “We have 5,500 kilometers of rail, and we now have eight,000 kilometers which might be being tendered out today,” the minister said.
For his half, Jeremy Weir, executive chairman and CEO of Transfigure Group, said that the ongoing battle in Ukraine has uncovered the vulnerabilities nations are dealing with in the provide chain of the mining sector.
“War in Ukraine made countries notice that they should not depend on one provider, but ought to depend on a number of suppliers from a number of areas,” said Weir.
Saudi Arabia is the world’s energy ‘safety valve’: Minister tells Future Minerals Forum

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