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

RIYADH: As the world faces a shortage of crucial mining supply, Saudi Arabia has a serious role to play as its mining sector is integrated with business, logistics and varied different sectors, together with power transition, according to a top Saudi minister.
While speaking at the Future Minerals Forum in Riyadh on Jan.11, the Kingdom’s Minister of Investment Khalid Al-Falih noted that a scarcity of supply is doubtless certainly one of the key challenges faced in the mining sector.
“We reside in a world the place there could be an anticipated rise in demand for crucial metals that shall be key to the electrification of the global economic system, and there’s additionally a crucial scarcity of provide,” he said.
Al-Falih added that Saudi Arabia may assist find a resolution persisting within the energy sector, because the Kingdom has all the mandatory enablers, which includes the most progressive laws to raise the operations within the mining industry.
He said Saudi Arabia is the “world’s security valve” for energy, whether it’s typical, unconventional, or renewable energies, wind, solar, hydrogen or ammonia, or another rising technologies utilized in the mining trade.
The minister noted that the Kingdom has introduced together all of the needed enablers in the mining sector. “We have the vitality resolution, we have the situation, we gave the financing, and we’ve the best-in-class laws across the world,” mentioned Al-Falih.
The minister revealed that Saudi Arabia’s mining sector is putting a powerful emphasis on environmental, social, and corporate governance principles, as the Kingdom has the very best ESG scores, with low carbon depth in fossil fuels and the rising usage of renewables together with hydrogen to reduce back emissions whereas processing metals.
He further identified that Saudi Arabia is facilitating all necessary business environments for private sector companies to come and invest in the Kingdom.
“Saudi Arabia is providing the ecosystem and regulatory enablers, along with some financing via the development fund for private sectors. We really are unleashing the power of the personal sector,” mentioned Al-Falih.
Pointing out that Saudi Arabia at present is ranked primary in terms of the worldwide highway connectivity index, he said the Kingdom’s strong transport connectivity will help it emerge as a mining hub. “We have 5,500 kilometers of rail, and we’ve eight,000 kilometers which are being tendered out right now,” the minister said.
For his part, Jeremy Weir, government chairman and CEO of Transfigure Group, mentioned that the continuing conflict in Ukraine has exposed the vulnerabilities international locations are facing within the provide chain of the mining sector.
“War in Ukraine made international locations understand that they should not rely on one provider, however should depend on multiple suppliers from multiple regions,” mentioned Weir.
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