Firms race to meet gas station upgrade deadline in Saudi

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Service companies in Saudi Arabia are racing to meet the 19 January deadline for the revamp of dilapidated gas stations, according to a report.

The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs had handed out rehabilitation certificates for a period of three years to five national companies to operate and maintain fuel stations on public roads between cities and provinces, said the Arab News report.

It included the Saudi Automotive Services Company (Sasco), Petromin Company, Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc), Tashelat Marketing Company (Sahel) and Oil Services Company. They are required to operate 70 high-quality stations, it said.

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) has been working with various bodies including the Interior and Transport Ministries as well as regional governments to address the quality of services in important sites for citizens, residents and tourists.

It has launched several initiatives over the past few years to improve the levels of service, including conducting field surveys and assessment of all stations and facilities, granting quality certificates and preparing designs and operational mechanisms.

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