PROJECTS: Kuwait port utilities package likely to be awarded in Q1 2021

EPC contract to be awarded within Shuwaikh Port expansion project

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. A worker walks at the construction site of a new pier at New Priok container terminal in north Jakarta, November 26, 2014. Needing some $450 billion spent on Indonesia's infrastructure by 2019, new President Joko Widodo has ordered ministers to give private investors first pick of money-making projects rather than let state agencies grab them as they usually do. Hitherto, the government's contracting agencies got first choice of which airports, railways, toll-roads and other pieces of infrastructure to build. The ones they didn't want were offered to the private sector. Picture taken November 26, 2014. REUTERS/Beawiharta

Image used for illustrative purpose. A worker walks at the construction site of a new pier at New Priok container terminal in north Jakarta, November 26, 2014. Needing some $450 billion spent on Indonesia's infrastructure by 2019, new President Joko Widodo has ordered ministers to give private investors first pick of money-making projects rather than let state agencies grab them as they usually do. Hitherto, the government's contracting agencies got first choice of which airports, railways, toll-roads and other pieces of infrastructure to build. The ones they didn't want were offered to the private sector. Picture taken November 26, 2014. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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Kuwait Port Authority is expected to award the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the utilities and systems package of Shuwaikh Port Expansion project by the first quarter 2021, a source aware of the project details said.

"The main contract tender was issued on 13 September 2020 with a submission deadline of 13 December. The EPC contract award is expected to by March 2021," the source told Zawya Projects, adding that the project is scheduled for completion by December 2023.

The scope of work involves the development of new utilities and the systems, civil works, road and associated facilities.

Meinhardt Group has been mandated as front-end engineering design consultant for the project, a second source told Zawya Projects.

The project value, as estimated by the first source, is $70 million.

The Shuwaikh Port expansion involves deepening the port's current 8.5-metre-deep naval canal to enable ships of up to 14 metres in immersion and widening the canal to more than 420 metres width to pass.

(Reporting by Senthil Palanisamy; Editing by Anoop Menon)

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com)

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