Kuwait's KOC expected to award housing project construction contract in Q1 2020

Project scheduled for completion in 2023

  
Construction equipment in construction new warehouse background. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Construction equipment in construction new warehouse background. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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29 December 2019
The Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) is expected to award the main construction contract for its $110 million Mina Al-Ahmadi Township, located about 40-kilometre south of Kuwait City, by the first quarter of 2020, a source aware of the project has said.

"The main construction contract is expected to be awarded by third week of March 2020," the source told Thomson Reuters Projects, adding that the tender was released on 10 January 2019 with a bid submission date of 14 April 2019, which was extended seven times, the most recent being 12 January 2020.

He didn't give the reasons for the multiple extensions but said the project's completion has been postponed to March 2023 from December 2022.

Al Tawbad General Trading and Contracting, Canar Trading & Contracting Company, Burhan International Construction Company, Kuwait Arab Contractors Company, Boodai Construction Company, Kuwait Building House Company, Alghanim International General Trading & Contracting, United Gulf Construction Company, Copri Construction Enterprises, Gulf Dredging, Khalid Ali Al Kharafi & Brothers Co, KCC Engineering & Contracting, Consolidated Contractors, Combined Group Contracting, Bayan National Trading Company, Fajr Al-Eman General Trading & Contracting Company, Al Hamra Kuwait Company, Ahmadiah Contracting & Trading Co, Kuwait Company for Process Plant Construction & Contracting, Real Estate Construction & Fabrication Company (Recafco), Ibrahim Al Naser Al Hajri & Sons Co, Ghassan Ahmed Khaled & Partners Company, High Slant Contracting Group, Wara Construction Company, Mohammed Abdulmohsin Al Kharafi & Sons, Sayed Hamid Behbehani & Sons, KMC Holding, Kuwait Dynamics Limited, Al Enma'a Real Estate Co. (ERESCO), Kuwait Systems for General Trading & Contracting, and Al-Dar Mimar for Engineering & Construction are the firms bidding for the project, officials from the 12 companies confirmed with Thomson Reuters Projects.

The scope of work involves construction of 333 houses and a 1,000-person capacity mosque, retail units, 11 general substations, Central Utility Plants (CUP) and waste transfer terminal, a second source told Thomson Reuters Projects. He said the scope also includes the construction of high-security fence, boundary wall, communal and private parking areas, infrastructural works, installation of six transformers (11/3.3KV & 11/440KV), control room and LT room for MLTPs panels and landscaped areas and green parks.

United Engineering & Technical Consultants is the design, lead, structural and Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) consultancy services provider for the project, the second source added.

(Reporting by Senthil Palanisamy; Editing by Anoop Menon)

(anoop.menon@refinitiv.com)

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