MODON Receives International Accreditation

 Bandar Al-Khorayef, minister of Industry and Mineral Resources and chairman of the Board of Directors of MODON, received the EFQM accreditation during a ceremony on Tuesday. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Bandar Al-Khorayef, minister of Industry and Mineral Resources and chairman of the Board of Directors of MODON, received the EFQM accreditation during a ceremony on Tuesday. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
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MODON Receives International Accreditation

 Bandar Al-Khorayef, minister of Industry and Mineral Resources and chairman of the Board of Directors of MODON, received the EFQM accreditation during a ceremony on Tuesday. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Bandar Al-Khorayef, minister of Industry and Mineral Resources and chairman of the Board of Directors of MODON, received the EFQM accreditation during a ceremony on Tuesday. (Asharq Al-Awsat)

The Saudi Authority for Industrial Estates and Technology Zones (MODON) received an accreditation certificate from the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM), for the four-star category, for applying quality and institutional excellence concepts.

MODON is working to create the appropriate infrastructure to encourage local and international factories to access the Saudi market and invest in an enabling environment, where the concepts of quality and institutional excellence are applied.

The minister of Industry and Mineral Resources and chairman of the Board of Directors of MODON, Bandar Al-Khorayef, received the accreditation certificate during a ceremony on Tuesday.

MODON said in statement that the European certification of excellence crowned the authority’s efforts over an entire year.

It added that MODON has also set the goal of applying a management business model consistent with global best practices in the field of quality and institutional excellence, in a way that contributes to enhancing the confidence of local and international partners, in line with the objectives of the National Industrial Strategy.

MODON’s efforts also fall within its objectives to improve the general performance indicators according to scientific bases, and to achieve the aspirations of its partners in creating an exemplary investment environment characterized by sustainability and integration, within the framework of its strategy to empower the industry and contribute to increasing local content.

The EFQM Model is a globally recognized management framework that supports organizations in managing change and improving performance.

The model is based on data supported by industry experts in line with organizations’ goals and priorities, and employees’ aspirations, in a bid to realize effective and sustainable results and institutional excellence.

EFQM is a non-profit institution that seeks to increase the competitiveness of the economy, and help it reach excellence performance and corporate business.



Report: US Ready to Reopen Oil Stockpile if Petrol Prices Surge Again

FILE PHOTO: A view of the Phillips 66 Company's Los Angeles Refinery (foreground), which processes domestic & imported crude oil into gasoline, aviation and diesel fuels, and storage tanks for refined petroleum products at the Kinder Morgan Carson Terminal (background), at sunset in Carson, California, US, March 11, 2022. REUTERS/Bing Guan/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: A view of the Phillips 66 Company's Los Angeles Refinery (foreground), which processes domestic & imported crude oil into gasoline, aviation and diesel fuels, and storage tanks for refined petroleum products at the Kinder Morgan Carson Terminal (background), at sunset in Carson, California, US, March 11, 2022. REUTERS/Bing Guan/File Photo
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Report: US Ready to Reopen Oil Stockpile if Petrol Prices Surge Again

FILE PHOTO: A view of the Phillips 66 Company's Los Angeles Refinery (foreground), which processes domestic & imported crude oil into gasoline, aviation and diesel fuels, and storage tanks for refined petroleum products at the Kinder Morgan Carson Terminal (background), at sunset in Carson, California, US, March 11, 2022. REUTERS/Bing Guan/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: A view of the Phillips 66 Company's Los Angeles Refinery (foreground), which processes domestic & imported crude oil into gasoline, aviation and diesel fuels, and storage tanks for refined petroleum products at the Kinder Morgan Carson Terminal (background), at sunset in Carson, California, US, March 11, 2022. REUTERS/Bing Guan/File Photo

The Biden administration is ready to release more oil from the US strategic stockpile to stop any jump in petrol prices this summer, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

Senior Biden adviser Amos Hochstein told the newspaper that oil prices are "still too high for many Americans” and he would like to see them “cut down a little bit further.”

Hochstein, speaking to the FT said that the US would "continue to purchase into next year, until we think that the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) has the volume that it needs again to serve its original purpose of energy security."

The Energy Department this year has been buying about 3 million barrels of oil per month for the SPR after selling 180 million barrels in 2022 following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The move was an effort to curb gasoline prices that spiked to more than $5.00 a gallon, but it also reduced the reserve to its lowest level in 40 years.

Earlier this month, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told Reuters that the US could hasten the rate of replenishing the SPR as maintenance on the stockpile is completed by the end of the year.