SEC to take advance deposit from consumers

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Okaz/Saudi Gazette

TAIF
— Consumers will have to pay a minimum of SR500 in advance to Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) which is launching a major data update program next week.

The amount will go up depending on the use of electricity and the category of a consumer.

“The advance deposit is likely to be applied next week coinciding with the program to update consumer information,” a high-level source told Okaz/Saudi Gazette.

The source declined to say whether imposing such an advance payment was legally viable.

Electricity meters will be registered with users not property owners.

He said the updating of information will be mandatory for Saudis, expats, visitors and GCC citizens as well as for individual owners of buildings, multiple owners, heirs, companies and establishments.

Data can be updated electronically on the SEC website.

The company has given a six-month grace period to consumers to update information. Punishment will be imposed from January 2019 on those who delay the updating process and the penalty includes cancellation of service, the source said.

To update information, consumers will have to upload their national address, phone number and email address while the owner should attach the deed of the property and the tenant a copy of the rent agreement.


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