This symposium is going to be held due to persistent pursuit of the Ministry of Water and Electricity (MoWE) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to achieve electrical safety, and the ministry’s initiative to find appropriate means for cutting down electric risks to the minimum. MoWE as the supervisory of electricity sector is working on a continuous way of activating its role in creating the appropriate legislations and regulations to assist the relevant authorities in electricity utilities; generation, transmission and distribution sectors, to provide the protection for all sectors facilities and the employees working in those sectors from potential risks, work injuries, occupational illness.
Symposium topic is one of the most important topics, since recommendations that can be produced by the symposium has a significant impact on preventing fires, accidents, and life loss in the system of generation, transmission and distribution of energy supply, minimizing its harmful effects, or reducing the disconnecting of electricity for subscribers, in addition to avoid huge losses in energy supply system infrastructure. Statistics indicates continued increasing in financial expenditure to promote energy supply system infrastructure in order to accommodate the increasing growth in electricity demand. Electricity sector plans include new projects with a value of 120 billion that will provide reserves which are expected to reach 8 % by 2015. Power plants are also being added continuously to meet the increasing demand in electricity, where the generation capacity is increased from 25,000 MW in 2000 to reach about 58,000 MW by the end of 2013, in other words, an increase of 132%. National Grid SA Company continued its plans to link the Kingdom regions by national network up to 96 % with lengths reach 54318 circular km in 2013, an increase of 83 % from what was in 2000.
Achieving safety in electrical system is an essential factor in maintaining this vital part of the national economy represented in the infrastructure for electricity sector. Safety top aim is the human factor by reducing deaths and injuries resulting from system fires (which circulated between mass media from time to time) at the level of power plants and transformation plants in various regions of the Kingdom, causing a huge human and material losses, and electric shock accidents that is frequent in some parts of the system and cause death of plenty of employees or consumers causing huge injuries leading to disability or requires huge amounts of money for therapy and thus affect national economy.
The symposium offers technical and scientific presentations reflecting experiences applied locally, regionally and internationally, that will be useful in the development of legislation and regulations in the Kingdom in order to achieve electrical safety in energy supply sector at generation, transmission and distribution level and in reducing electrical risks to a minimum, providing thus a safe & healthy environment for employees and saving their lives, maintaining electric utilities safety, and reducing material losses in electric utilities, maintaining thus national economy.