Tabuk Governor Prince Fahd ibn
Sultan has called on businessmen to invest in projects to exploit
silica deposits recently discovered in his region. He said such
investments would help develop the mining sector and improve the
economic conditions of the local people.
Speaking after a field visit on
Thursday to Taima where the silica deposits have been found, Prince
Fahd expressed happiness over the discovery saying it represents a
major step toward attracting investments to the region.
Welcoming the visit, Dr. Muhammad ibn
Asaad Tawfiq, president of the Saudi Geological Survey, said surveys
spearheaded by SGS encouraged drilling activities in the region which,
in turn, led to the discovery of silica deposits in an area more than
40 sq km south of Taima town.
Tawfiq said the visit by Prince Fahd
reflected his growing interest in regional economic development.
Earlier surveys discovered silica deposits in commercial quantities in
parts of the Riyadh region.