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15 Aprile 2021

Arabia Saudita

SAUDI ARABIA’S SPARK TO BECOME A SMART CITY

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Energy Park (Spark) has formed a strategic partnership through a concession agreement with the local Integrated Dawiyat to deploy smart city services and enable the fourth industrial revolution environment within the upcoming Spark complex. Spark is implementing advanced digital infrastructure to enable the interaction of people and objects and the exchange of data over a fully fibre optic network, Saif al-Qahtani, president and CEO of Spark, said in a statement. This will lay the groundwork for the development of smart industrial services and solutions to allow companies and factories to achieve increased productivity and efficiency to build the most innovative smart city in Saudi Arabia, the statement added. The agreement with Saudi telecommunications services provider Integrated Dawiyat will enable Spark “to maintain its competitive advantage through embracing emerging solutions in the deployment of Industry 4.0 technologies such as the internet of things, while also addressing the challenges of operating in an innovative marketplace with new business models”. “This will significantly increase productivity, efficiency, safety and sustainability, while providing opportunities for business and employment growth,” Spark added. It was recently reported that construction work on the first phase of the Spark complex has reached 80 per cent completion. It is understood that $1.6bn has been invested in the first phase. Aramco, the developer and anchor tenant at the energy services complex, broke ground on the construction of the Spark project in December 2018. The total development will be spread over an area of 50 square kilometres. Aramco was granted a licence by Saudi Industrial Property Authority (Modon) in July 2018 to develop Spark, which was previously known as Abqaiq Energy City, between Dammam and Al-Hasa. Spark expects total foreign direct investment to exceed $2bn in the next two years, once investors finalise the construction of their facilities. Among the companies that have signed agreements to set up centres at Spark are: Advanced Lines Establishment Al-Rushaid Petroleum Investment Company Amco Aro Drilling, a joint venture of Saudi Aramco and US drilling contractor Rowan Companies Baker Hughes HalliburtonHutchinson Ports National Energy Services Reunited Corporation (NESR) Oilfields Supply Centre (OSC) Saudi Drill Sawafi-Borets Schlumberger Taqa Yokogawa Spark has appointed France's Engie Cofely to provide administrative services and maintenance to its tenants. In March, Spark announced it had received ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 and ISO 55001 certificates from Belgium-headquartered Bureau Veritas, which specialises in testing, inspection and certification. (ICE RIYADH)


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