PROJECTS: Kuwait likely to award airport road deal in Q2

The project will connect the new Terminal 2 building to Kuwait’s highway network

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. An aerial view shows very little traffic on the roads of Kuwait City after the country entered virtual lockdown, following the outbreak of coronavirus, in Kuwait City, Kuwait March 16, 2020.

Image used for illustrative purpose. An aerial view shows very little traffic on the roads of Kuwait City after the country entered virtual lockdown, following the outbreak of coronavirus, in Kuwait City, Kuwait March 16, 2020.

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Kuwait Ministry of Public Works (MPW) is expected to award road works contract to connect Kuwait International Airport's new Terminal 2 building to the country's highway network by third quarter, a source told Zawya Projects.

"The main contract is expected to be awarded by mid of May 2021," the source told Zawya Projects, adding that the project involves development of the existing Al Maqwa Road.

He said the invitation to bid was issued on 16 December 2019 with a commercial bid submission date of 22 March 2020, which has been extended seven times with the latest being 16 February 2021.

He added that the bid deadline was extended in 2020 due to pandemic restrictions and didn't rule out further extensions.

The project value, as estimated by the source, is $400 million.

The 19 companies prequalified for the construction contract included Strabag, Societa Italiana per Condotte d'Acqua, Consolidated Contractors, Galfar Engineering & Contracting, China Harbour Engineering Company, Combined Group Contracting, Larsen & Toubro, Sacyr Industrial, Kolin Insaat, Itinera, Isolux Corsan, Teixeira Duarte, Orascom Construction, Limak Holding, China Xingxing Group, China State Construction & Engineering Corporation, Cengiz Insaat, Makyol, and Al Ayuni Investment & Contracting, officials from eight companies confirmed with Zawya Projects.

Oriental Consultants Global and Al Dowailah Engineering Consultants & Construction Managers were awarded the design and infrastructure consultancy contract, a second source told Zawya Projects, adding that the project is planned to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2024.

(Reporting by Senthil Palanisamy; Editing by Anoop Menon)

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com)

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