Contract to be awarded soon for oil projects in Kuwait
State-owned Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) intends to award 22 projects to local and foreign firms in the next few months. KOC, which manages the OPEC member's upstream oil industry, will gradually award those contracts after they are approved by the Central Agency for Public Tenders. The projects include installation of pipelines at KOC's facilities in West Kuwait, providing maintenance services at KOC's export terminals, building pipelines at Jurassic gas areas in North Kuwait, and the construction of power networks in some areas. KOC awarded 41 contracts in Kuwait with a combined value of around 630 million Kuwaiti dinars ($2.8 billion) in the first four months of 2023. Another project will be awarded soon by the Kuwait National Petroleum Company, the Gulf state's downstream investment arm, for civilian construction work at Kuwait's Al-Ahmadi Oil Refinery.
Consultancy contract announced for a waterfront development in Kuwait
SSH, a prominent firm specializing in master planning, infrastructure, building design, and construction supervision in the Middle East, has secured a contract to provide design consultancy and supervision services for a captivating waterfront development in Kuwait. Stretching over 9.7 km, from the Yacht Club to Diyafa Village near Kuwait Towers, the project aims to enthrall both locals and visitors with a wide range of leisure activities and year-round events. SSH announced that the project will be implemented in collaboration with Ahmadiah Contracting and Trading. It will unfold in phases over the course of one year, ensuring an immersive experience that beautifully showcases the cultural and heritage essence of Kuwait. Designed with a focus on leisure and lifestyle, this premium project will offer a multitude of amenities. Visitors will enjoy a dedicated bicycle path, jogging path, recreational area for children, swimming areas, and venues for sports activities. The new waterfront development is set to house over 60 commercial outlets, creating exciting investment opportunities for Kuwaiti companies, according to the leading master planner.
$676 million tourist resort to be build in Kuwait
Kuwait is planning to build a tourist resort on one of its islands at a cost of around 205 million Kuwaiti dinars ($676 million) as part of an ongoing economic diversification programme. The study, which has just been reviewed by the cabinet, proposed the project should be offered to investors on a 30-year lease basis and that the private sector should provide around KWD130 million ($429 million) in funding. The project comprises a 250-room family resort, a 180-room luxury hotel, 150 chalets, a 5,000 sqm area for rental purposes, a multi-purpose hall, sport facilities, shops, recreation centres, a marina and a public beach.
Announcement of a planning to build a fun city in Kuwait
OPEC oil producer Kuwait is planning to build a fun city with a value of nearly 200 million Kuwaiti dinars ($660 million) to attract tourists as part of an economic diversification strategy. The costs of the project in the coastal Doha area in the capital Kuwait City comprise around KWD80 million ($264 million) for infrastructure and KWD120 million ($396 million) as capital expenditure. The study expects the amusement city to attract more than 900,000 visitors by 2030 and to generate high income that will support the Gulf state's drive to lessen its heavy reliance on volatile oil export earnings. It stressed that the government needs to offer the project on a 50-year lease basis instead of the proposed three years in order to lure in investors. The project comprises an amusement park, sport courts, a hotel, water parks, shops and restaurants, and an electronic games centre.
Contract award is expected for twelve substations in Kuwait
Kuwait's Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) is expected to award the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for twelve 11/132 kV substations in the non-residential suburbs of Al Mutlaa City by the third quarter of 2023. The engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) tender was issued on 12 February 2023 to qualified bidders and the bid submission was scheduled on 26 March 2023. The contract is expected to be awarded by end of third quarter 2023. Bidders include National Company for Electricity Boards ($157 million), Larsen & Toubro Kuwait Construction General Contracting Co. ($162 million), and National Contracting Company ($161.25 million). The scope of work involves the supply, installation, construction, completion, implementation and maintenance of twelve main substations with a voltage of 11/132 kV in the non-residential suburbs.
Public infrastructure projects under implementation in Kuwait
The Public Authority for Housing Welfare showed the implementation of five projects related to infrastructure and 79 projects for the implementation of public buildings in four residential areas until last April. The total number of existing housing applications were 91,114, noting that the actual completion rate of the two contracts for the East Sabah Al- Ahmad project was 35 percent - related to the construction of 1184 houses. In the Sabah Al-Ahmad Residential City the construction for 1110 apartments is ongoing and according to the PAHW 720 apartments have been completed, and work is underway for the rest of the 390 apartments, as the actual completion rate reached about 93 percent. According to the statistics, 79 public buildings are still under construction including 29 in Al- Mutla'a, 3 buildings in Al-Wafra expansion, 16 in the eastern Sabah Al-Ahmad residential area, and 31 buildings in the south of Abdullah Al-Mubarak. The number of plots handed out in Al-Mutla'a was about 17797, in the south of Abdullah Al-Mubarak 3207 plots, and in Khaitan 1341 plots.
$792mln road maintenance projects to be awarded soon in Kuwait
Kuwait will soon embark on a massive road maintenance programme that has attracted 36 companies from the US, China and other countries. The projects cover roads in various parts of the Gulf nation and is expected to cost between 220 million and 240 million Kuwaiti dinars ($726-792 million). The Ministry will begin issuing 10 tenders for the projects on May 15 and bidding for all of them will end on 15 June. The Ministry will award the contracts to the winning bidders on July 15. 36 companies from the US, China and other countries are competing for the projects. Contracts will be awarded on the basis of the best technical bids rather than best prices in order to avert problems that occurred in the past. The contracts will be awarded only to the parent company. The bids submitted by companies which are not listed by their embassies in Kuwait will not be considered.
$247mln oil maintenance deal inked in Kuwait
A Kuwaiti company has won a contract for oil maintenance with a value of around 74.8 million Kuwaiti dinars ($247 million). ABJ Engineering and Contracting won the deal after submitting the lowest bid for the project in the Gulf emirate's Northern oilfields. The Central Agency for Public Tenders has approved a request by the state-owned Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) to award the contract to ABJ. The project is part of KOC's ongoing plans to develop its oil facilities to boost crude output capacity. Production in the Northern border area is currently estimated at 600,000 bpd and is expected to rise to 800,000 bpd by 2026.
Agreement signed for developing a hospital in Kuwait
Health Assurance Hospitals Company (DHAMAN) announced the signing of a contract with the Ministry of Finance represented by the Assistant Undersecretary for State Property Affairs, Legal Affairs and State Property Real Estate, Mr. Abdul Rahman Khudair Al-Khamis to receive the third land allocated as part of the for the DHAMAN's health network as stipulated in the bid document to build and develop the third hospital in Dajeej area in Farwaniya Governorate. The company will now commence the necessary engineering design process for its third hospital building, which has an area of approximately 50,000 square meters, in addition to establishing an additional number of primary healthcare centers in different regions of Kuwait, bringing the total number of DHAMAN's facilities to three hospitals and twelve primary healthcare centers. Its being one of the most important projects of the healthcare pillars in the New Kuwait 2035 Vision, aims to raise healthcare indicators through preventive health and achieve a quantum leap for the healthcare sector in Kuwait by restructuring health services and establishing a modern and advanced health system administratively and medically.
The new hospital will include a wide range of basic medical specialties in hospitals along with outpatient clinics, and all related pharmacies, laboratories and radiology services. The first step now, after receiving the land from Kuwait Municipality, is to make the engineering designs for the hospital, followed by obtaining the necessary approvals from the municipality and other relevant authorities. Then comes the stage of qualifying and selecting the main contractor who shall start the construction operations, and it is expected that these stages will take a period ranging from 3 to 4 years as a maximum.
Plans underway to build waste recycling zone in Kuwait
Kuwait is planning to build its first industrial zone housing companies specialised in waste recycling, mainly industrial waste. The Public Authority for Industry will soon select a consultant to issue tenders for the project in the Northern Shagaya region. The contractor to be awarded the contract will 'build and operate the zone' besides providing maintenance and other services. The authority is currently preparing documents for the project tenders. It is also in the process of appointing a consulting firm to supervise the project execution. The planned zone will have the capacity to house 215 factories specialized in recycling waste, including tyres, plastics, wood, metals, construction materials. Shagaya already has some small workshops in this field. The project comprises factories and other buildings, roads, water sewage networks, transport and telecommunication systems, and other facilities.
New contract signed for power plant rehabilitation in Kuwait
Heavy Engineering Industries & Shipbuilding Co. K.S.C. (HEISCO), Kuwait and Mitsubishi Power Limited Consortium signed a Project from Ministry of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy, Kuwait. The value of the contract is KWD 90.9 million (USD 298.3 million). The consortium submitted the lowest bid in April 2022. Project Scope of Works includes modernize steam turbines and electric generators for 8 steam units at the Sabiya Power Plant having plant capacity of 2400MW. The plant was commissioned in the year 1998-2002 and the steam turbines and generators are in commercial operation for nearly twenty years. Due to age deterioration, some critical problems was noticed on existing units and facilities. Project scope of work includes study and resolve existing problems and extend the life time of steam turbines and generator by ensuring safe and reliable unit operation for another 20 years along with other required activities as mentioned in tender documents.
New contract awarded for onshore rigs in Kuwait
Sparrows Group, a key engineering and maintenance services specialist for the global energy and industrial sectors, has secured its first major contract in Kuwait. The scope of work includes maintenance and provision of certificates of conformance for onshore rigs across sites. As per the deal, Sparrows will be responsible for servicing a range of critical drilling equipment, including mud pumps, iron roughnecks, catwalks and top drives, to ensure the rigs are safe to return to the field. With Kuwait's oil and gas industry now reinvigorated following a slump, 100 rigs will join the operational fleet by the third quarter. These rigs, both new and old, require high-quality servicing, which is a significant volume of work to place on existing OEMs. Sparrows has been recognised as an approved non-OEM maintenance provider, becoming the first non-OEM service company to hold the NOC approvals to operate in the country, and showcase its expertise and capabilities. On each rig, a quick turnaround of maintenance and servicing was required, with the country eager to kickstart its swelling oil and gas industry. The company has deployed a team including project managers, drilling equipment supervisors and drilling equipment technicians - including top drive, iron roughneck and BOP hoist specialists - with the numbers onsite increasing to support the growing workload.
Plans underway to build worlds tallest tower in Kuwait
Kuwait has announced its plans to build the 'world's tallest tower' - the Burj Mubarak. At the heart of Madinat Al Hareer or Silk City, Kuwait's upcoming project, a tower measuring one kilometre in height will stand as the centrepiece. It is anticipated that the construction of this tower will be completed by 2023 along with the entire Madinat Al Hareer project. The Burj Mubarak megaproject, on the other hand, is estimated to take about 25 years to be completed and will be made from three interlocking, twisting structures to protect it from 150 mph winds and resulting vibrations. the height of the Burj Mubarak skyscraper is a deliberate homage to the timeless collection of folk tales, 1001 Arabian Nights. The tower, spanning 234 floors, will be capable of housing up to 7,000 individuals. In addition, the tower will also consist of seven vertical villages which will include hotels, residences, offices as well as entertainment amenities. The project will involve a strategic partnership between public and private sectors, and contribute to the architectural boom.
Contracts to be awarded soon for road maintenance works in Kuwait
Kuwait is planning to offer contracts for the maintenance of its roads and 35 foreign companies are already competing for the deals. Public Works Minister discussed the projects with six foreign embassies which supplied names of firms interested in undertaking such work. The firms comprise 20 from Turkey, 5 from Japan, 3 each from China, France and South Korea, and one from Germany. Companies winning such projects would have to open offices in Kuwait to oversee regular maintenance work.
Plans unveiled for new gas desalination plant in Kuwait
Kuwait Oil Company plans to float a tender for a new gas desalination plant in western Kuwait. The plans for the project are still in the initial stage and are expected to be launched in the first or second quarter of 2024. It is estimated that the value of the main contract for the project is around $300 million, but it could be much bigger depending on the final specifications of the planned facility.
For their part, gas desalination plants reduce levels of carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide in natural gas. If natural gas contains only trace amounts of hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide, it is referred to as sweet gas and is non-corrosive, requires little refining and can be easily transported to where it is consumed. There are several ways to desalinate gas, while the equipment used varies in terms of efficiency, cost and size.
New acid gas removal unit contract awarded in Kuwait
Axens' HySWEET Technology is selected by SPETCO International Petroleum Co. Kuwait and Jereh for the acid Gas Removal Units of two new Gas Treatment plants in Kuwait. Axens is supplying the process design packages for the gas treatment of two Gas Plants located in North Kuwait, which EPC are managed respectively by SPETCO and Jereh. Axens licenses two HySWEET units for the acid gas removal, as well as two Smartsulf units for the sulphur recovery and two TEG units for gas drying. The units for both gas plants are now under process design phase and the plants will be commissioned in early 2024. Each HySWEET unit will treat 163.4 MMSCFD of gas to remove the acid gases including H2S, CO2, COS and mercaptans to meet sales gas specifications. HySWEET is a hybrid process for simultaneous removal of mercaptans and acid gases from natural gas, developed by TotalEnergies and commercialized by Axens. It is based on the selection of the most suitable nonproprietary physical solvent for blending a variety of commercial amines (DEA, MDEA, formulated MDEA). It enables to maximize mercaptans removal along with the absorption of the acidic species while minimizing the usual drawback of hybrid solvents like an increased hydrocarbon (HC) co-absorption potentially harmful for the downstream Sufur Recovery unit treating the recovered acid gas stream. An additional benefit of this hybrid formulation is a lower regeneration duty reducing OPEX and carbon intensity. HySWEET features less than 1%vol hydrocarbon in acid gas as well as up to 15% savings on reboiling duty.
Contract awarded for a mega project in Kuwait
Egis, a global player active in the consulting, construction and engineering sectors, has been awarded a project management consultancy (PMC) contract by the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) for its mega Al Mutlaa City Development (MCD) project in Kuwait. Located 38.3 km north west of the Kuwait Metropolitan area, MCD is a residential city that is expected to house up to 400,000 people. The city, which will come up on a 104 sq km area, boasts a mix of residential, social, commercial and light industrial areas.
Under the terms of the agreement, Egis will offer programme-level service management, construction logistics and interface management, cost management, and digital programme management system and project management information system (PMIS) for this project.
$160 million contract awarded for a port redevelopment in Kuwait
Kuwait Ports Authority has launched the first phase of Shuwaikh Port Redevelopment Project being implemented at a cost of KD48.7 million ($160 million). South Korean builder Hyundai E&C and the Gulf Construction and Marine Works Company have been awarded the main contract for the project, which will be completed within the next three years. The scope of work includes redevelopment and rehabilitation of the docks of 1.3-km-long Shuwaikh port as well as maintenance work for the western dock of the port and the suspended part of dock 8.
This would achieve a great diversity in the types of ships received by Shuwaikh Port, increasing the number of ships throughout the year, and positively reflecting on the movement of commercial goods exchange. The project is one of the authority's main projects that fall under the development plan for a New Kuwait 2035.
New partnership signed to supply hospital equipment in Kuwait
Health Assurance Hospitals Company (DHAMAN) announced the completion of the supply of medical laboratory equipment and devices within Jahra and Ahmadi hospitals, and the suppliers - the Advance Technological (ATC) and Central Circle (CCC) - have commenced installation of the equipment and devices in accordance with the two partnership agreements concluded with them to develop operations at the laboratories in DHAMAN's hospitals. The signing of the two new agreements came within the framework of DHAMAN's ongoing plan to complete building its health network by operational expenses (OPEX Model) agreement to provide the best healthcare services in Kuwait. The new partnerships come within the framework of DHAMAN's efforts to provide the highest standards at work, which contributes to achieving its mission, which is to provide the highest levels of healthcare to patients, based on the best technologies in the market. DHAMAN indicated that these agreements (signed in 2022) aim to provide services for the supply, installation, operation and maintenance of its laboratory equipment in its new hospitals in the Jahra and Ahmadi governorates, as part of its strategy aimed at applying the approved international standards in the context of completing its health network in various parts of the country.
The company stated that the development of laboratories in DHAMAN hospitals comes in light of the vital role it plays in healthcare, helping doctors diagnose patients' conditions, providing important data, statistics and results that help in disease research, discovering diseases and epidemics, following up on their development and spread, and helping to control and combat them appropriately. Moreover, DHAMAN continued that it is keen to provide its laboratories with the best equipment and tools from the largest companies and manufacturers known worldwide, and which can be integrated with the systems used in DHAMAN hospitals, that help them to perform the role entrusted to them to the fullest extent and keep abreast of developments in conducting the necessary examinations for patients at the local and international levels, which contributes to enhancing their success, performance and operational operations at all levels. It is noteworthy that DHAMAN hospitals, with their vast capabilities, will constitute a outstanding addition to the medical sector and medical infrastructure, as each hospital is built on a total area of 85 thousand square meters distributed over five floors and a basement with a capacity of 330 beds and contains 14 operating rooms, 21 intensive care units and 75 outpatient clinics that include all specialties.
In addition to an automated system pharmacy, x-ray departments, laboratories, emergency department, and an air ambulance helipad, a multi-story car parking building with a capacity of approximately 550 vehicles attached to it. The company make sure that the design of hospitals meets all the standards of smart buildings, equipped with an advanced recycling system for medical waste, taking into account that it is environmentally friendly in all details. Since its establishment in 2014, Health Assurance Hospitals Company (DHAMAN) is the first Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) healthcare organization in the Middle East as it was founded based on an Amiri Directive as part of the national development Plan New Kuwait 2035. DHAMAN handles establishing an integrated healthcare system that includes medical insurance programs, as well as building and operating a network of primary healthcare centers and hospitals that cover all areas in Kuwait while applying best professional practices to achieve sustainability in healthcare and investing in the infrastructure of the health sector based on highest international standards and recruiting over 7,000 highly qualified individuals in medical and administrative fields. The shareholder structure of DHAMAN consists of government bodies represented by Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) and the Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS) with 24%, a strategic partner from the private sector with 26%, and 50% of the Company's shares were allocated for Kuwaiti citizens through an initial public offering.
Plans underway to develop 22 intersections in Kuwait
The Fahaheel Highway, Road 30 Project to extends from Kuwait City at the intersection with Al- Soor Street to the intersection with Mina Al-Ahmadi Road, with a length of 39 km. The technical opinion includes the following: Approving the request of the Public Authority for Roads and Land Transport to approve the Fahaheel Expressway 30 development project, through the development and improvement of 22 current intersections to become multi-level intersections.
First: The study includes the development work of 21 major intersections as follows: Developing the intersection of Fahaheel Highway with the First Ring Road and Al-Soor Street (Intersection No. 1) to become three levels (tunnel + floor at the ground level with the intersection of Al- Soor Street + viaduct + ramp bridges). Developing the intersection of Fahaheel Expressway with the Second Ring Road (Intersection No. 5) to become four levels (tunnel + roundabout at ground level + existing bridge + overpass (viaduct). Developing the intersection of Cairo Road with Fahaheel Expressway (Intersection No. 15) (under implementation). Developing the intersection of Fahaheel Expressway with the Fourth Ring Road (Intersection No. 16) to become three levels (ground level , existing bridge , overpass (viaduct) , in addition to constructing a bypass tunnel from the Fourth Ring Road to Fahaheel Expressway), in addition to (A detour bridge from Fahaheel Road to the Fourth Ring Road). Developing the intersection of Fahaheel Expressway with the Fifth Ring Road (Intersection No. 36) to become three levels (ground level , existing bridge , overpass (viaduct) , in addition to constructing a bypass tunnel from the Fourth Ring Road to Fahaheel Expressway) in addition to (a bridge A detour from Fahaheel Road to the Fourth Ring Road). Developing the intersection of Fahaheel Expressway with the Fifth Ring Road (Intersection No. 36) to become three levels (ground level , existing bridge , overpass (viaduct) , in addition to constructing an overpass bridge from Fahaheel Expressway to the Fifth Ring Road) in addition to (flyover from Fifth Ring Road to Fahaheel Expressway). Developing the intersection of Fahaheel Highway with Al-Aqsa Mosque Street (Road 302) (Intersection No. 36A) to become four levels (tunnel , roundabout at ground level , existing bridge , viaduct). Developing the Fahaheel Highway intersection with Road 210 / Salwa Road (Intersection No. 43) to become four levels (tunnel , ground level , bridge , flyover , in addition to constructing a bypass tunnel from Fahaheel Highway to Road 210) in addition to (a tunnel from Road 210 to Fahaheel Expressway). Developing the intersection of Fahaheel Expressway with the Sixth Ring Road (Intersection No. 50) to become four levels (tunnel , roundabout at ground level , existing bridge , viaduct) in addition to constructing an overpass bridge from Fahaheel Expressway to the Sixth Ring Road. Developing the intersection of Fahaheel Highway with South Messila Road (207) (Intersection No. 65A) to become a three-level (ground-level roundabout , existing bridge , viaduct). Developing the intersection of Fahaheel Expressway with Road 208 (Intersection No. 69) to become a three-level (ground-level roundabout , existing bridge , viaduct). Intersection of Fahaheel Expressway with Seventh Ring Road (Intersection No. 71) (under implementation). Intersection of Street 101 with Fahaheel Expressway (Intersection No. 71A) – No development has been done on it. Intersection of Fahaheel Highway with Road 103 (Intersection No. 73) – to become three levels (roundabout at ground level , existing bridge , viaduct). Intersection of Fahaheel Highway with Road 210 (Intersection No. 73A) – to become three levels (roundabout at ground level , existing bridge , viaduct). Intersection of Fahaheel Highway with Road 211 (Intersection No. 76) – to become four levels (tunnel , roundabout at ground level , existing bridge , viaduct). Intersection of Fahaheel Highway with Mohammed Bin Ghassab Street / Abdul Hameed Al Hashemi Street (Intersection No. 76A) – to become four levels (tunnel , roundabout at ground level , existing bridge , viaduct). Intersection of Fahaheel Expressway with Rashid Bin Shaaban Al-Hajri Street / Hamid Nayef Al-Dabbous Street (Intersection No. 76B) – to become three levels (roundabout at ground level , existing bridge , viaduct), in addition to (constructing a ramp from Fahaheel Road to Street Humaid Al-Dabous). Intersection of Fahaheel Highway with Road 212 / Al-Ahmadi Road (Intersection No. 78) – to become four levels (tunnel , roundabout at ground level , existing bridge , viaduct). Intersection of Fahaheel Highway with Road 313 (Intersection No. 78A) – to become three levels (tunnel , existing bridge , flyover). Intersection of Fahaheel Highway with Mina Al-Ahmadi Road (Intersection No. 80) to become three levels (tunnel , ground level , existing bridge).
Second: constructing a viaduct overpass that starts from Kuwait City to the southern Sabahiya area, with a length of 36 km, and consists of three lanes in each direction, in addition to the presence of 20 ramps to connect the bridge to the Fahaheel Expressway.
Third: Establishing entrances and exits for some areas along the Fahaheel Road and north of the following areas: (Abu Hasaniya, Fintas, Abu Halifa, Mangaf, Mahboula, Bayan, Sabah Al-Salem, an exit from the Hawalli area to the Fahaheel Expressway).
Fourth: In addition to the existing pedestrian bridges, 7 other pedestrian bridges have been added, and bus stops have been established at each pedestrian bridge.
Fifth: Expansion of the existing Fahaheel road along the ground level, with a length of 39 km.
Neutral zone contract signing announced in Kuwait
HOT Engineering And Construction Co. (HOTECC), Kuwait announced the signing of a new contract with Joint Operations (JO), a prominent Oil and Gas company operating in the divided zone between the State of Kuwait and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Under this agreement, HOTECC will supply JO with a range of heavy equipment for a period of five (5) years. The new contract further strengthens the long-standing partnership between both companies, and underscores HOTECC’s commitment to delivering reliable services to its clients. HOTECC’s fleet of heavy equipment, including cranes, excavators, bulldozers, and loaders, will help JO optimize its operations and improve its efficiency. This new contract highlights HOTECC’s position as a leading provider of heavy equipment and industrial solutions in the country, and is a testament to the company’s commitment to delivering innovative and cost-effective solutions to its clients.
Progress revealed for an industrial zone project in Kuwait
Minister of Commerce and Industry, Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology revealed that the percentage of completion achieved in the Al-Shaddadiya Industrial Zone Project is approximately 32 percent. The project aims to achieve all the requirements of economic and industrial growth by providing the basis for developing an advanced industrial zone and providing it with the latest technologies. This project consists of 3 main sectors - chemical, food and mixed sectors, all of which include about 1036 industrial plots. The project will be managed using sustainable development methods during the contract period, while access to the area will be easy, whether through the current or future road network.
$176 million contract awarded for oil facilities maintenance in Kuwait
Kuwait has awarded two local companies contracts to provide maintenance services for key oil facilities with a combined value of around 53.4 million Kuwaiti dinars ($176.2 million). The state-owned Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), which manages the OPEC producer’s upstream industry, decided to award a maintenance service contract for its facilities in South and East Kuwait to Bader Almulla and Brothers Company worth KWD 22.6 million ($74.6 million). KOC also decided to award a maintenance contract for its facilities in South Kuwait to HOT Engineering & Construction Company with a value of KWD 30.8 million ($101,6 million).
Road construction and maintenance tender launched in Kuwait
Minister of State for National Assembly Affairs and Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development Ammar Al-Ajmi announced the launch of the tender for the construction, completion and maintenance of road works and main infrastructure project for the south of Saad Al-Abdullah Residential City. This tender project came after the approval of the Corporation’s Tenders Committee in its meeting, indicating that purpose of the project is to implement the main roads and infrastructure works for the project, with an implementation period of 48 months.
Consultancy bids invited for renewable energy use in oil facilities in Kuwait
Kuwaiti Oil Companies have invited consultancy bids from five Western firms to study the use of renewable energy to run their facilities. The five firms are the UK’s Amec Foster Wheeler, France’s Technip, Germany’s Dornier Suntrace, Worley Engineering of Australia, and the London-based NexantECA. The Kuwait National Petroleum Company and the Kuwait Integrated Petroleum Industries Company have asked those firms to submit bids for consultancy services involving feasibility studies and other services for the use of renewable energy in the facilities managed by the two companies. The two companies want to follow a trend by most operators in the oil sector to switch to clean fuel mainly solar and wind energy, besides hydrogen production.
Bids under evaluation for oil tanker service in Kuwait
Four Gulf ship repair companies are vying for a contract to provide maintenance and servicing of seven oil tankers owned by Kuwait. The bidders include Dubai Drydocks, Qatar’s Nakilat, Oman Drydock Company and the Bahrain-based Arab Shipbuilding and Repair Yard (ASRY). Dubai Drydocks submitted the lowest bids of $16.5 million while ASRY’s bid was worth $16.9 million. The contract includes providing regular services and general maintenance to 7 tankers for 3 years at the company’s yard.
Bids under negotiation for key tenders in Kuwait
The Ministry of Public Works requested the approval of the Central Agency for Public Tenders to set a session for the negotiation with the owners of accepted bids for the establishment, completion and maintenance of a sewer for the rainwater drainage in West Abdullah Al-Mubarak. The Public Authority for Roads and Land Transport returned its request to cancel the regional roads, due to the lack of financial provision. The tender includes construction, completion and maintenance of roads and intersections on the southern regional road from northern Kabd to Salmi, and another tender for the northern regional road from intersection 58 to the Salmi border crossing. The mentioned tenders also included one for the Northern Regional Road from the future intersection with Al-Salmi Road to the intersection with Abdali Expressway, as well as the Northern Regional Road from Abdali Expressway to the future intersection with Subiya Expressway. Another tender is intended for the northern regional road from intersection No. 82 to intersection No. 58. The authority requested last October 2022 to cancel the mentioned tenders due to the lack of budget. Similarly, the central agency agreed to award the tender for the general maintenance of external roads in the southern region from Qalam Sabah to the Nuwaiseeb Center to the company with the lowest bids at an amount of KD 1.252 million.
Consultant to be selected for power plant privatization in Kuwait
Kuwait is expected soon to select a consultant from among three companies vying for a contract to privatise its Shuaiba Power Plant. The three global firms were among several companies that submitted bids for the project in December 2022 and the contract is expected to be awarded in February or March 2023. Kuwait’s Supreme Privatisation Council (SPC) will select the winning bidder after obtaining approval from the Central Agency for Public Tenders (CAPT). SPC will officially announce the winning bidder this month or in March at the latest. Shuaiba plant, located in Alahmadi governorate, has a capacity of 875 megawatts and was built in 2010 by a consortia of foreign contractors, including General Electric of the US, South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering and Construction and Japan’s Mitsubishi Power.
Chinese company wins soil remediation contract in Kuwait
China’s Zaopin Hangzhou, in partnership with the Contractor General Trading & Contracting Co. has been awarded the contract to treat the contaminated soil for Area C of the South Kuwait Drilling, Transfer and Remediation Project. The Chinese company had previously partnered with Heavy Engineering Industries and Shipbuilding Company Hesco for a $185.2 million remediation contract to treat 2.6 million cubic meters of contaminated soil.
Bids opened for road & infrastructure works in Kuwait
After waiting for more than five years, the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) announced the opening of the bid envelopes submitted for the tender for the construction, completion and maintenance of main road works, main infrastructure service networks and rainwater tanks in the South Sabah Al-Ahmad Project. PAHW revealed that the total number of companies that submitted their bids is 14, and the value of the lowest bids amounted to about KD 112.797 million. The tender will be awarded after submitting the technical study of the project by the company with the lowest bid, in accordance with the evaluation requirements and criteria stipulated in the tender documents and their technical specifications.
Two tourism projects being planned in Kuwait
Kuwaiti Touristic Enterprises Company (TEC) announced that the company intends to develop two tourism projects on the Kuwaiti island of Failaka and the site of the entertainment city in the Doha area, west of the capital, at a total cost that may reach 500 million dinars ($1.64 billion. The company is still at the beginning of studies and putting forward ideas. The most appropriate solutions for these two giant projects to see that the Tourism Enterprises Company undertakes these projects through the assistance of the Kuwait Investment Authority, or that it participates in them with the private sector.
Work in progress for residential development main substations in Kuwait
Public Authority for Housing Welfare has announced that 871 new residential units in the South Abdullah Al-Mubarak Project were provided with electricity connection with a voltage of 132 KV. 23 substations will provide the electricity supply to these units and the connection was given before the completion of the contractual date. This work comes in line with the Foundation’s plan to deliver electricity to existing projects and plots owned by citizens. The project was completed following extensive effort and coordination with the Electricity and Water Ministry to supply electricity to these plots to help the citizens who live there. The authority will complete the operation of 47 substations which will feed electricity lines in 1,673 plots coinciding with the delivery of power by the Ministry of Electricity and Water to the two main substations (A & D). The work of the remaining stations will be completed before their contractual date on June 14, 2023.
Plans underway to build logistics cities in Kuwait
The Kuwait Ports Authority revealed that it has drawn up a plan for its development through a set of construction projects, projects for the development and expansion of its ports, the establishment of logistic cities and to increase the competitiveness of ports and raise their operational efficiency, so that the KPA can assume its appropriate position among regional and global ports alike. This plan came as a result of the country’s development plan and is also in line with the vision of the State of Kuwait.
The KPA indicated that its projects for which consulting contracts for study and design were signed are:
Contracting the tender for the provision of consultancy services for the study and design of the Naqat al-Mahboula.
Contracting the tender for the provision of consultancy services for the study and design of Naqat Al-Fintas.
Contracting the tender for the provision of consultancy services for the study, design and development of Shuwaikh Port.
Tender contract to provide consulting services for the study and design of storage areas of the Corporation and the establishment of logistic cities.
The authority stressed its vision of joining the joint efforts of the concerned government agencies to implement projects and overcoming obstacles in forming a joint government committee consisting of membership of all concerned authorities for the speed of joint coordination, and finding urgent solutions towards avoiding delays that may result in delaying the launch of these projects during the dates specified in the time programs to implement the development plan projects approved by the KPA within the framework of devoting government efforts aimed at improving the level of government services, and achieving sustainable development goals in order to achieve the public interest of the State of Kuwait.
Complexes & shopping malls to be established in Kuwait
The Ministry of Communications (MoC) is working to carve out part of the land for the ministry’s warehouses in the Shuwaikh Industrial Area for investment in order to develop its financial resources by establishing complexes and shopping malls. The Ministry of Communications has informed one of the concerned authorities to set apart a piece of the land for the ministry’s warehouses, referring to the Ministry of Finance Circular No. 5 of 2018, regarding the preparation of estimates for the budgets of ministries, government departments and subordinate institutions, and the principles and rules that should be followed in preparing them according to the budget classifications (the cash basis), which are the most important current financial and economic foundations and directives in the main lines, as mentioned in paragraph 3 of those foundations, including working to reform the economic structure, develop nonoil revenues, and revitalize the national economy.
The location of the ministry’s stores is ideal for investment in establishing commercial stores on the front of the stores overlooking the main street, which are opposite to complexes and commercial stores owned by companies or individuals, noting that the ministry decided to establish commercial stores on the side of the parallel street along the stores, which exceeds its length by 300 meters, provided that an area of 10 meters is cut out with a depth of warehouses, to construct complexes and commercial stores that are rented through public bidding or direct rental to companies or individuals wishing to rent them, and to generate additional income for the Ministry, which positively reflects in the public treasury, noting that this area is one of the desirable areas to rent, and the cost of the rent due on it is considered one of the highest areas in the State of Kuwait.
Consultancy contract signed to study renewable energy in Kuwait
Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) signed a consulting contract with Worley Consulting to conduct a detailed feasibility study for the exploitation of renewable energy in its fields. This step came in accordance with the roadmap regarding the energy transition to reach net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. The electricity produced from the renewable energy stations to be established will be used to feed the company’s fields and facilities by connecting them to the national electricity grid.
Distillation & bitumen units projects postponed in Kuwait
The Kuwait National Petroleum Company has decided to postpone the construction of the crude oil distillation unit and the bitumen production unit for two years, until the completion of a study of the possibility of extending the service of the current units for the coming years. The two projects come within the strategic directions of the refining, marketing and petrochemical sector of KPC 2030, to ensure continuous provision of this product and meet all future needs of the local market. The feasibility study for the project was carried out in two phases, the first included confirming and reviewing the results of the study conducted by the company to assess the remaining life span of the bitumen and eocene units, and reviewing and updating the study of future expectations for the demand for bitumen in the local market according to the study of the consulting company.
This is in addition to identifying and developing the necessary alternatives to achieve the requirements of the local market in the short, medium and long term. Regarding the second phase, a feasibility study for the proposed alternative and recommendations based on the results and recommendations of the first phase study, the establishment of new bitumen and eocene units according to the AMEC study, where the results of the second phase of the feasibility study were reviewed with the concerned departments of the company, and the approval of the projects committee in the company was obtained on the results of the feasibility study, in addition to the Environment Public Authority. A study of the initial engineering designs for the project has also been completed, based on the use of Kuwaiti oil for export, West Kuwait oil and Kuwaiti heavy oil, in addition to building a storage capacity for bitumen material sufficient for 30 days as a strategic stock.
Municipality to allocate 3 sites for communications data centers in Kuwait
The municipality approved the request of the Communications and Information Technology Regulatory Authority to allocate three proposed sites for data centers. The Communications and Information Technology Authority submitted a request to allocate three sites for data centers and six electrical transmission stations, and possibly electrical substations and fiber-optic lines, far from airports and flight paths and suitable from a geological point of view. The agreed three sites are in Sulaibiya Agricultural Plot 8, north of the city of South Saad Al-Abdullah, and south of Al-Mutlaa Residential City, provided that the area is 30,000 square meters, and two main electrical substations with an area of 3,000 square meters for each site. Moreover, the municipality will cooperate with the Environment Public Authority before implementation and obtain approval from the ministries of services before fixing the locations of the stations only, as well as adhering to the responses of the members of the Sub-Committee on Utilities and Services before implementation. In addition, it will authorize the administration to move and modify the dimensions of the sites and stations and their area without exceeding the areas determined for the station in case it conflicts with any existing infrastructure services or any regulatory reasons during installation.
Google Cloud selected for nationwide digital transformation in Kuwait
Google Cloud has announced a strategic alliance with the Government of Kuwait to roll out a comprehensive digital transformation roadmap across governmental entities and key state-owned enterprises. The alliance will enable the Government of Kuwait to leverage Google Cloud’s technology and expertise in data analytics, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver on its commitment to make digitisation one of its top national priorities in the coming years. As part of the strategic alliance, Google Cloud will work with the government to digitise citizen services and increase its employees’ productivity.
Additionally, both will partner to implement a number of digital transformation initiatives in healthcare, education, disaster recovery and smart living. In collaboration with the Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA), the Central Agency for Information Technology (CAIT) and the Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA), Google Cloud intends to set up a local office in Kuwait and invest in opening a cloud region in the country. The new cloud region will support public sector organisations, businesses and startups in their digital transformation journeys, which will contribute to realising Kuwait’s ambition to become a data-driven economy.
PMC contract awarded in Kuwait
Technip Energies announced that it has been awarded a large contract for Project Management Consultancy (PMC) by Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). The five-year framework agreement contract covers front-end engineering design (FEED), project management, and associated services for KOC’s major projects. This contract represents a renewal of the first five-year framework agreement that was awarded to Technip Energies by KOC in 2014. A “large” award for Technip Energies is a contract award representing between €250 million and €500 million of revenue. As the framework agreement is call-off in nature, the overall value of the contract will be progressively added to order intake as it is called off by the client.
Sea club development project approved in Kuwait
Kuwait Municipality has approved the request of the Tourism Enterprises Company to develop the Ras Al-Ard Club, which has an area of approximately 35,265 square meters to avoid overlapping with the adjacent Ministry of Defense site. The area of the club totals 33,858 square meters after modifications are made so that the building percentage (building concentration ratio) will be 30 percent of the total site area, equivalent to an area of approximately 10157 square meters; and the percentage of commercial use will be 5 percent calculated from the total area of the plot, equivalent to 1692 square meters, which will comprise of retail shops, restaurants, and cafes only.
Consultant to be awarded for air quality monitoring contract in Kuwait
Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) will soon sign a contract with an international British company to provide consulting services for the evaluation of air quality monitoring network in the country, follow up the environmental performance, and implement the executive regulations for the environment as part of the transition to environment friendly cities and to contribute to the implementation of the Smart Cities Program.
The company received offers from various companies, indicating British company Ricardo AEA won the bidding as it offered the lowest price KD 4.7 million, out of four local and international companies that participated in the bidding. The project consists of different qualitative programs, the most important of which are the programs for verifying data of air quality stations and developing the skills of national professionals in this field.
3 tenders awarded for soil treatment in Kuwait
The Kuwait Oil Company has awarded the last 3 tenders for soil treatment to three companies within the Kuwait Environmental Rehabilitation Program (KERP), which is considered the largest environmental rehabilitation project in the world for a total value of $460 million. The contracts are awarded to Al-Sayer Construction Company, with a value of $155 million; Al-Ghanim International, with a value of $153 million and The Contractor Trading Company, with a value of $152 million.
The company is awaiting final approvals from the Central Agency for Public Tenders, and that the company has submitted its recommendations to the authority to award the three contracts, pointing out that the company was able to make great achievements in reducing the value of the three bids to less than the estimated value, which was more than 600 million dollars. The contracts that were awarded and that are being dealt with as part of the environmental treatment program had been subject to delays during the last period, but the new executive management of the company was keen and worked to expedite the awarding of these tenders, which will have many benefits for the environment.
These projects will provide many environmental benefits, contribute to restoring the land ecosystem, and will provide future development plans, noting that the Soil Rehabilitation Group was keen, during the preparation of contracts, to ensure that they are implemented by contractors specialized in treating soil contaminated as a result of what was committed by the Iraqi invasion, explosion and burning of more than 700 wells. This is in addition to that the company is keen on the need for a local contribution in the project in order to give the opportunity to develop local expertise.
Lowest bidder announced for power & water plant privatization in Kuwait
British company Deloitte has submitted the lowest bids of 1.2 million dinars (equivalent to $3.9 million) for a transaction consulting contract related to the privatization of the North Shuaiba power and water plant. Kuwait had received bids from five international and local companies in December 2021. The British company Ernst & Young had also submitted the second lowest bid, with a value of 1.36 million dinars. Other three companies that it knew had submitted offers for the contract are Dutch KPMG, Britain’s Pricewaterhouse and Local Engineering Systems Group.
The proposed privatization program will consist of three stages, according to the owner of the project, and the initial stage includes the establishment of a Kuwaiti shareholding company that will own the assets of the plant station at the moment. As for the second stage, it covers offering a tender for the shares of the joint-stock company, in addition to the necessary rehabilitation procedures to improve the efficiency of the factory. The third and final stage covers the transfer of ownership of shares to employees and the public.
Two collection centers to open by mid-2023 in Kuwait
Kuwait Oil Company’s initial engineering and design work in two assembly centers in eastern Kuwait has been completed by 90 percent. The projects are expected to be launched in mid-2023. The tender is scheduled for implementation in accordance with the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) system. The scope of the first project includes the installation of a new facility, called the Assembly and Separation Center 1 (SGC-I) and the water injection station (WIP-I), while the scope of the second project includes the installation of a new facility called the Assembly and Separation Center 3 (SGC-III) and the water injection station (WIP-III).
Kuwait National Petroleum Company has tendered two contracts for the maintenance of the Mina Abdullah refinery, expecting the value of the mechanical contract to range between 50 and 80 million US dollars. In addition, as per the documents published by the Central Agency for Public Tenders in Kuwait, the first contract relates to mechanical maintenance services at the Mina Abdullah refinery, as the value of the initial guarantee for the project is one million dinars (USD 3.2 million).
KNPC inaugurates 5th liquefied gas pipeline in Kuwait
Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) inaugurated its fifth liquefied gas pipeline with an output capacity of 805 million cubic feet per day. High production capability of the pipeline, inaugurated at Al-Ahmadi terminal, includes 106,000 barrels of condensates and liquefied gas, forecast to meet much of the domestic and external demand. The project is of paramount importance as it is linked to the KNPC 2040 main strategic goals for attaining optimum harnessing of hydrocarbon resources. Using gas for generating energy has become a favorite option globally from environmental and economic perspectives, in contrast to other fossil types of fuel, noting that gas generates, relatively, low harmful emissions. Nowadays, the world is witnessing the golden age for the natural gas industry. Therefore, the fifth liquefied gas pipeline constitutes a key part of this approach. Considering that the oil sector plays a vital role in supporting the Kuwait State economy and attaining Kuwait Vision 2035, the oil companies diligently working to secure new clean energy resources with forecast higher revenues and future sustainable growth. the KNPC CEO, affirmed that construction of the pipeline was warranted by the increasing demand.
The five-pipeline liquefied gas plant in Al-Ahmadi meets local demand for liquefied gas, co-supplies power and water stations as well as processing industries. The plant also exports derivatives such as propane and butane. For his part, the Deputy CEO at Al-Ahmadi refinery, announced the freshly inaugurated fifth line “adds 30 percent to the overall gas plant output at Al-Ahmadi refinery,” noting that total cost of the venture reached some KD 428 million (approximately USD 1.4 billion). Share of the local private sector in the whole budget of the project reached 29.7 percent, exceeding minimum proportion of expenditure amounting to 20 percent, thus manifesting the KNPC keenness on backing the local production and the private sector to partake in mega projects. Around 7,000 workers took part in the project execution, also affirming that the company successfully secured highest security and safety standards, with work hours hitting 58 million without a single mishap. Some difficulties had emerged in the process to link up the liquefied gas pipelines with the new line without disrupting operations, he acknowledged. The liquefied gas pipelines increase the output by 805 million cf, 106,000 barrels of condensates and liquefied gas per day, with the whole output of the five lines hitting 3.125 billion of liquefied gas and 332,000 barrels of condensates and liquefied gas.
Dhaman completes construction of its first hospital in Kuwait
Health Assurance Hospitals Company (Dhaman) celebrated the completion of the Dhaman Hospital building in Ahmadi Governorate. This represents an important step towards achieving the company’s strategy that aims at completing its health system, present medical services and enhance healthcare indicators in Kuwait. The hospital will constitute a quality addition to the medical sector. It is built on a total area of 85,000 sq m spread over 5 floors and a basement, with a capacity of 330 beds. It has 14 operation theaters, 21 ICUs, 75 outpatient clinics, a digital pharmacy, x-ray centers, labs and emergency departments, as well as a helipad. The hospital has the latest in healthcare technology, achieved according to the most modern services standards. It has a pharmacy equipped with an automated system (Omnicell) to dispense and deliver medicines. Dhaman has received accreditation from Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), and accreditation of Joint Commission International (JCI) for all primary care centers.
9 new development plan projects to be implemented in Kuwait
The latest updates of the New Kuwait 2035 development plan show about 9 new projects are to be implemented within the framework of the plan, in addition to other projects which are in the pipeline, provided that they will be completed within the next 5 to 10 years. Some of the food security projects to be implemented, are expected to be completed after 6 years, in addition to 5 economic projects and two housing projects that will be completed in 2029, and a project for digital transformation of the Ministry of Commerce in 2024. The modifications made to the plan indicate the concerned government agencies have begun a preliminary study and design for the deep tunnel system in the country, which is estimated to be completed in 2032, and the completion rate of its preparatory phase has reached 2 percent. The authorities will complete 3 projects in 2029: two housing projects, one in South Saad Al-Abdullah and the other South Sabah Al-Ahmad and the two projects are expected to provide 55 thousand housing units, in addition to a research and development center for water desalination technology using renewable energies.
Three projects have been added to the sustainable diversified economy, expected to be completed in 2028. They are the development of Al-Balajat Street, two projects to develop and operate the treated water system in the northern region, and another in the southern region. The construction and operation of a complex for the production of fish and shrimp is expected to be completed in 2029, as part of the plans to ensure food security, the development of the salmon and sebas fingerling production unit in 2027, and a project to develop the national laboratories network. The plan included the digital transformation project of the Ministry of Commerce, the commercial platform, and its completion date is 2024; four development projects have also made progress in completion, especially the e-government to support the justice sector project, with a completion rate of 68%, and the deadline for implementation is 2025.
The percentage of completion of the development and modernization of the structural plan of the state reached 98%, and 76% of the geographical information system. The rate of follow-up to the implementation of Kuwait’s strategy to enhance integrity and combat corruption, which extends from 2019 to 2024, is 87%. The percentage of completion of consultations for the railway track project of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Kuwait reached 3%. It includes linking with the GCC countries whose length will be 111 km. The borders of this stage extend from the southern border with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Nuwaiseeb region) in the south to the Shaddiyah region in the north. The development plan indicated that high-quality 15 health care projects are the closest to implementation, most of which will be completed between 2023 and 2025, with the exception of 3 projects whose deadline is estimated in 2026, and a project to combat childhood obesity in 2027. The completion rate of health care buildings, whose completion date is approaching, exceeded 75% of the executive works, while the completion of the Children’s Hospital has been delayed, with a completion rate of only 12%, although the deadline for completion is 2023.
45,000 housing units currently being completed in Kuwait
The Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development said that the Public Authority for Housing Welfare is currently working on the completion of the South Saad Al-Abdullah and South Sabah Al-Ahmad Projects, which include 45,000 housing units, in addition to awaiting financing for the owners of plots in four areas in Al-Mutlaa, which are N1, N2, N3, and N4. It includes about 10 thousand housing units. The government is keen to prepare buildings for citizens as soon as possible and with high quality for their well-being, in addition to shortening the waiting period for those who are eligible for housing care.
7 Companies selected to bid for design & supervision tender in Kuwait
The Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) plans to invite seven selected local companies to submit bids for the design and supervision of project No. 2 of the company’s office complex. The seven companies that the Kuwait Oil Company intends to invite to bid are:
KEO International Consultants
SQC International Consultants
United Engineering and Technical Consultants
Pan Arab Consulting Engineers
SSH International Consultants
Al-Habashi Engineering Consultancy Office
The company gave companies, which are not included in the list, the opportunity to participate and submit their offers by forming alliances within 30 days.
Work in progress on bridges project in Kuwait
Freyssinet, a specialist civil engineering company, has announced that steady progress has been made on the work related to the eight bridges coming up on Al Nawaseeb Road in Kuwait. With 88% erection work competed, the Al Nawaseeb Bridges project, coming up on the main road that links the capital city to Saudi Arabia. A leading European engineering group based in Paris, Freyssinet announced its scope of work includes construction engineering; supervision of bridge construction works; operation of form travellers and supply and installation of post-tensioning. For the bridge superstructure, Freyssinet Middle East will be using its cast-in-situ balanced cantilever method, a construction technique where the segments are progressively cast in place in their final position within the structure. This is the first time our company is carrying out a project of this significance using this technique. The 1,736-m-long Al Nawaseeb Road bridge project will boast 302 segments with 1,198 tonnes of post-tensioned strands. Work on the project began in January 2020 and it is due for completion in June 2023.
Road projects worth 5 billion dinars under design stage in Kuwait
The Public Authority for Roads and Land Transport (PART) said the cost of projects currently under design at the authority and to be implemented during the next 15 years, are worth 5 billion dinars. The authority is currently reviewing and setting a new timetable for the plan for these projects based on priority. The projects, topped by the railway project, currently are in the design mode. The complete railway design has been already sent to the Central Agency for Public Tenders, as well as the East Raqqa Roads Project, which includes the implementation of service roads for the region, and its implementation is expected to begin next year.
The list also includes the development of the Third Ring Road, Fahaheel Road, and the Fourth Ring Road, all of which are currently subject to a review and studies, either due to cost-related problems or objection from other parties, as happened before, which the Municipal Council recently refused to study. Among the projects are the Kabd and Sulaibiya roads and the service roads for the southern Sa’ad Al-Abdullah area as a new area, as a road will be implemented that will be an extension of Ring Road 6.5, in addition to the regional road projects in the north and south of the country, which link Kuwait with the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, including the Abdali Road, the first phase of which has been implemented, and the Northern Regional Road, part of which has been implemented. The delay in the completion of the entire regional roads, despite the completion of their studies years ago, is due to a lack of budgets, so the entire plan is currently being reviewed, to arrange projects in order of priority.
Directional drilling services contract awarded in Kuwait
National Energy Services Reunited Corp. (NESR), an international, industry-leading provider of integrated energy services in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, has announced that the company has been awarded a long term contract for Directional Drilling services in Kuwait. Contract Scope is covering Directional Drilling (“DD”), Measurements while Drilling (“MWD”), Performance Drilling, Well Engineering and Logging While Drilling (“LWD”) services for five years, with an option to extend an additional year. Alongside the similar, recently announced Directional Drilling services contract in Saudi Arabia, this award in Kuwait represents another key DD anchor contract, through which the Company will introduce its burgeoning portfolio of high end MWD and LWD technologies as they are commercialized. Overall, these multi-year platform contracts are anticipated to enhance both the growth and margin profile of the Drilling & Evaluation (“D&E”) segment, as equipment in these specialized product lines are deployed with the higher anticipated drilling rig increase.
Lifestyle projects on track for mid-2023 completion in Kuwait
Kuwait-based Tourism Enterprises Company (TEC) has announced that steady progress is being made on its prime tourism and entertainment projects which are on track for completion as per schedule. Spread over a 35,000 sq m area, the Ras Al Ard club will boast various recreational and sports activities for different age groups such as multi-use sports court, food and beverage outlets as well as paved walkways and boardwalk in addition to indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Work is at an advanced stage on major developments such as Ras Al Ard Club and the New Messilah Beach that will be completed by mid-2023. Sadeem Al Kuwait General Trading and Contracting is handling the Ras Al Ardh Club project work. TEC is developing the beach into an integrated and contemporary facility spanning over 70,000 sq m area with a wide range of leisure and lifestyle activities. The contract for the project had been awarded last year to Ahmadiah Contracting Company. A star attraction for families, the beach project will have all kinds of water sports and for all ages, in addition to marine games. Also it will boast key amenities including open air theatre, restaurants, cafes and shops.
Work nearing completion on Winter Wonderland Kuwait
Organizers of the Winter Wonderland Kuwait announced the project is 92% complete and that the project will be opened on schedule that is early December 2022. Work is going on non-stop to meet the deadline. 5 entertainment games are being installed including Crazy Frog Dodgem, Miami Beach Party, MG Speed Booster and Magic House.
955 million dinars allocated to implement 129 development projects in Kuwait
The government institutions during the next fiscal 2023/2024 plan to spend about 955.4 million dinars on 129 development projects. The list includes 114 ongoing projects from previous years, about 15 new development projects that include recruitment of skilled workers, and a unified platform for exchanging data between government agencies and 5 underground multi-storey car parks, in addition to a hotel and an open theater in Al-Mubarakiya area. The list of new projects is as follows:
Developing Mubarakiya markets (commercial area + municipal garden; Smart recruitment of skilled workers; Employment Centers; The National Framework for Digital Skills; the Center for the Development of Sustainability Technologies for Facilities and Infrastructure). Phase One – Building the Facility; the Ahmadi Cultural Platform Project and supplying and installing a main conversion station for the Shagaya Z renewable energy project. It aims to transfer approximately 3,000 megawatts from the solar cell farm in Shagaya.
This is in addition to a project to supply, install, operate and maintain gas turbine units operating in the combined cycle system (3,600) megawatts at the Nuwaiseeb site, the first phase; package No. (4) for new government buildings and the works of automatic connection of systems and cybersecurity for the new passenger Terminal T2 at Kuwait International Airport, as it is a complementary project to the structural plan of the General Administration of Civil Aviation; restructuring the postal sector, to transform it into a government company or in partnership with the private sector; the Jahra Waterfront (Corniche); Empowering youth in entrepreneurship and an entertainment center on an area of 57,000 square meters.
The list of new projects also includes educational, cultural and entertainment center on Abdullah Al-Ahmad Street in the Sharq region, with a total area of 57 thousand square meters. for languages, the Arts House, a perfume laboratory, a cooking laboratory, a virtual reality exhibition, and a bicycle track inside the complex, approximately 900 meters long.
Consultation contracts signed in Kuwait
The Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) announced that it has signed three contracts with three international project management consulting companies to provide consultation services in the initial engineering and design works. The first contract was signed with Kellogg Brown & Roots Limited, the second with Worley Europe Limited, and the third with Technip E&C Limited. The three contracts, which will provide consultations for the Company’s major projects over a period of five years, were signed.
Lowest bid submitted for 400kV OHTL project in Kuwait
Ministry of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy, Kuwait received bidders proposals for the construction of 400kV Over head transmission line (OHTL) project in Kuwait. Seven bidders has submitted the proposals. India based Construction firm, Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has submitted the lowest bid. L&T submitted the price of KWD 54.15 million (USD 175.8 million). Project Scope of Works includes Supply and installation of 400kV Overhead lines among Kairan, Wafra Z and Sulaibiya Z Power Statitons.
Kuwait to restart work on 1800-unit housing project for oil workers
State-owned Kuwait Oil Company will soon resume work on its workers' accommodation coming up in the Southern Alahmadi governorate, which, upon completion, will have 1,800 residential units. The project was partially suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The first phase of the project - which involved the construction of more than 1,300 homes - has been fully completed, while work on the second phase - involving 408 homes as well as road infrastructure work and those linked to sewage, water and power networks - will kick off soon. KPC decided to freeze Phase 2 for five years due to the pandemic and amid a government decision to slash spending in oil sector. Now with an improvement in the Covid situation, decided to revive the project.
$78.8m contracts awarded in Kuwait
Burgan Company for Well Drilling, Kuwait announced that it has received official letter of award for drilling rigs. The Combined value of the contracts are KWD 20.35 millions. The Contracts was awarded from the Kuwait Oil Company. The project is related to a 550 Horsepower drilling rig worth KWD 10.17 million and another drilling rig worth of KWD 10.17 million Dinar. Burgan Company also announced that it has received extension of drilling rig contracts with the Kuwait Oil Company for a period of one year, for a total of approximately 10 million dinars.
3 contracts for soil cleaning to be tendered in Kuwait
The Kuwait Oil Company will recommend to the Central Agency for Public Tenders soon to float a tender for 3 contracts for soil cleaning, worth 450 million dollars, in coordination with the Kuwaiti National Liaison Point for Environmental Projects and the United Nations Development Program. The three contracts will be offered in one tender, pointing out that the winner of any one contract has no right to win another contract. Kuwait Oil is preparing another new contract that will be offered after the completion of the current tender, which will include quantities of soil cleaning equivalent to one of the current contracts, and yet another contract for afforestation.
Design in progress for KD 440 million Childrens Hospital in Kuwait
The Children’s Hospital Project is one of the projects of the Ministry of Health which is in a design stage and will be implemented by the Ministry of Public Works after the budget gets a nod from the concerned authorities and the tender will be floated accordingly. The Children’s Hospital is an integrated specialized hospital with a capacity of 792 beds, including furniture, devices and medical equipment. It is located in Al-Sabah Health District, and will be built on 121,000 square meters area, with actual construction area of 690,000 square meters, and is expected to cost 440 million dinars.
Contract signed to drill ultra-deep wells in Middle East
Middle East drilling contractor Kuwait Drilling Company (KDC) has concluded a deal with Chinese rig builder Honghua Group to supply several land rigs. The deal is worth 435 million yuan ($60 million) and involves rigs that incorporate direct top drives, five-cylinder slush pumps and iron roughnecks. The 3000 horsepower rigs, with the capacity to drill ultra-deep wells, will be deployed by KDC in the Middle East to drill wells to depths of up to 9000 metres.
Tender to be floated for tunnel pumping stations in Kuwait
The Public Authority for Roads and Transportation (PART) has obtained approval from the State Audit Bureau (SAB) to float a tender for the maintenance and operation of tunnel pumping stations. The necessary documents are being prepared to sign the contract with the winning company, coinciding with the start of the rainy season. The rainwater drainage network maintenance teams are being deployed to clean manholes and drainages, indicating the Central Agency for Public Tenders (CAPT) returned the documents related to 10 general and emergency maintenance tenders to the Ministry of Public Works due to the latter’s failure to reply to its comments.
Meanwhile, tenders are for the general and emergency maintenance works on roads and streets that suffer from severe wear and tear in a number of areas. Ministry is currently preparing its response to the agency’s comments. PART requested for assistance from some companies to prevent the accumulation of water on roads, especially the highways.
Four contracts awarded in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait
Precision Drilling Corporation announce that it was recently awarded four contracts in Kuwait, each with a five year term and an optional one year renewal. The contract awards are for AC Super Triple 3000 HP rigs and increase active rig count in Kuwait from three rigs to five rigs by the middle of 2023. In addition, Precision Drilling recently signed third drilling rig in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to a five year contract extension, following two earlier five year contract signings in the second quarter of this year. With the three contract extensions in Saudi Arabia and the Kuwait contract awards, Precision will have eight rigs under long-term contracts in the Middle East stretching into 2028 and representing approximately US$600 million (approximately C$820 million) in backlog revenue.
Approval awaited for infrastructure works in Kuwait
Small Enterprises Project at Al-Subbiya is awaiting nod from the Central Agency for Public Tenders and the Audit Bureau to start building the infrastructure. The drilling operations in the area are awaiting final approvals, so that the project can be completed as soon as possible, especially that the completion of the project is looked upon eagerly by National Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises. There are great facilities provided to the National Fund for the urgent implementation of the Al-Subbiya Recreational Project, with the aim of stimulating tourism and entertainment locally during the winter season.
Contractor selected for $121.5 million oil well injection pipes contract in Kuwait
The Mechanical Engineering and Contracting Company won the project to install oil well injection pipes tendered by the state-owned Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). The firm won the project in North Kuwait after it submitted the lowest bid of 36.79 million Kuwaiti dinars ($121.5 million). The Central Agency for Public Tenders (CAPT) is expected to agree on a KOC request to award the contract to that company. The CAPT approved another KOC letter for issuing tenders for the installation of submersible electric pumps in North Kuwait with an estimated value of nearly 40 million dinars ($132 million).
$56.3m contract awarded for a substation in Kuwait
Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW), Kuwait Signed the Contract for the construction of 400/132/11kV Substation in Al Mutlaa Residential Project. The Contract was Signed with National Contracting Company (NCC), Saudi Arabia. The value of the contract is KWD 17.53 million (USD 56.3 million). Project Scope of Works includes Design, supply, installation, Testing & Commissioning and Maintenance of 400/132/11kV Substations (namely Z5 ) located in N5 suburb of Al Mutlaa residential city. PAHW also awarded another Contract, for the construction of 400/132/11kV Substation in Al Mutlaa residential Project to NCC. The value of the Contract is KWD 17.8 million (USD 57.2 million). The Project is not yet Signed by PAHW.
Ophthalmology & surgery department opened at the hospital in Kuwait
The Ministry of Health inaugurated the Department of Ophthalmology and Surgery in the new Jahra Hospital. The inauguration is a step ahead for decentralization in health services. The project comes within the framework of the Ministry of Health’s plan to adopt integrated and comprehensive hospital models, as a method of providing health services to facilitate citizens. The inauguration aims to provide a distinguished health service with the latest early diagnosis methods in various eye diseases, at the same time giving the latest surgical devices and tools for all specialized eye surgeries. The department’s services are integrated according to ophthalmological and surgical specialties. It includes eye clinics in all its specialties, seven rooms in the specialties of cornea and cataracts (glaucoma, retina, and vitreous body), eye sockets and eyelids, children’s eyes, and strabismus. In addition, the department features five rooms for eye disease examinations, which include visual acuity examination, fundus examination, retinal ultrasound, and visual field examination. The department contains two rooms for laser devices for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, as well as two major operating rooms, and a minor operating room. This comes in addition to providing eye emergency services with a medical consultation system, as well as cases of entering the wards and medical consultations for cases that other departments request an evaluation from the ophthalmological department.
Consultancy services contract signed to develop aviation system in Kuwait
The Directorate-General of Civil Aviation has signed a consultancy services contract with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), one of the United Nations organizations, on the sidelines of the annual meeting of member states currently being held in Montreal. The 5-year contract aims to provide support to the DGCA, and to develop the aviation system in a safe and orderly manner. The contract is being followed up through the organization’s consultants who are in Kuwait, in compliance with international rules and recommendations, including carrying out economic and technical studies and analyzes, and supporting and qualifying national cadres within the vision of civil aviation to develop Kuwait International Airport and workers to achieve sustainable development.
Refuse-Derived Fuel plant under planning in Kuwait
OPEC producer Kuwait is planning to build its first plant to produce dry fuel -Refuse-Derived Fuel or RDF from solid waste to feed its main cement production company. The Kuwait Municipality has approved the project to convert waste into dry fuel to feed kilns at the Kuwait Cement Company (KCC). Municipality would soon sign a contract with KCC for investment in the project to provide fuel to the firm and other local industries. The plant, with an area of around 250,000 square metres, will mainly process non-biodegradable waste such as plastics and will be constructed within a maximum period of 18 months after signing the contract. KCC will invest and manage the project for at least 20 years and it will also produce biogas, biofuel, fertilizers and other associated products. The Municipality has already appointed a consultant for the refuse derived fuel project, which could be built near the waste site at Mina Abdullah.
New iconic tower to be built in Kuwait
A member of the Guardians Committee of the Abdullah Abdullatif Al-Othman, confirmed that there is an intention to demolish the “Al-Othman Commercial Complex” in Hawalli at the intersection of Al-Othman Street and Ibn Khaldun Street next year and build a new iconic tower on the same spot. The design of the project has been completed and a building permit is currently being issued. The area is 2,325 square meters and the construction of the new tower is expected to cost an estimated 3.5 million dinars. The construction works of the tower will be completed by 2025 and will be a significant landmark in the Hawalli region. The tower will consist of two basements and 26 floors, and in order to ensure the basements accommodate the largest number of cars, the car ramp will be replaced with 4 car lifts to save space. The tower will include a commercial center on three floors (ground – first mezzanine – second mezzanine) containing commercial units of various sizes serving various activities (banks – training institutes – medical clinics – telecom companies… etc.) and will feature features an outdoor garden hanging at the top of the mall In addition to an administrative tower consisting of 42 offices spread over 21 floors, with two offices per floor. Al-Othman stated that the development of one-third of the late Abdullah Al-Othman property is proceeding steadily to benefit the beneficiaries of the will and will be a significant tributary of charity work in Kuwait and the Arab and Islamic countries as stipulated in the will.
KD 5.2 million entertainment project to be built in Kuwait
The Ministry of Finance agreed to approve the change order in the cost of the infrastructural development of the Al-Subiya recreational project, at a total value of KD 5.2 million, within the framework of the government’s interest in propelling developmental projects and speeding up their execution. The Council of Ministers assigned the Ministry of Works, in coordination with the Ministry of Finance, the Public Authority for Roads and Land Transport, the National Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises Development, and appropriate authorities, to take the necessary steps to ensure the completion of the infrastructure work and the preparation of the project site as soon as possible. The ministry’s approval of the request for the change order came on the contract for the construction, completion, development, and maintenance of roads and intersections to serve the future city of Al-Mutlaa, for a period of 45 days from the date of issuing the change order, according to the terms of the contract and based on the rules for implementing the budgets of government agencies. Moreover, the project, which will be built at the end of Jaber Bridge on an area of one million square meters, includes 400 projects, investment areas, parking lots, a track for walking and cycling, in addition to an area for recreational vehicles, and another for events. Two areas for food trucks and retail sales, as well as a rental space, are also included.
Multi-storey car parking lots to be built in Kuwait
The Hawalli Governorate Committee sets out to approve a request for the construction and implementation of the multi-storey car parking building for the Symphony complex on Arabian Gulf Street. The committee approved Amiri Diwan’s request to include the service sites of Bayan Palace and approve the final plan for Bayan Al-Amer Palace in Bayan, block 13. In addition, the committee approved the request of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs to expand the Noura Al-Tuwaijri Mosque in Al-Salam area, block 4.
Infrastructure completed for low-cost residential project in Kuwait
The Public Authority for Housing Welfare announced the completion of infrastructure of a low-cost residential project that can accommodate 9,800 houses. The project started in December 2018. Each plot will be of an area of 200 sq m. The project has a water tank with a capacity of 250,000 gallons with a well for underground water to replenish it, as well as power stations and transformers. The low-cost housing project, located 16 km from Jahra, will replace makeshift houses in Taima and Sulaibiya.
The project includes an investment residential area and public buildings, as well as an area for warehouses and services. Three tenders will be issued for houses and buildings, including three kindergartens, 10 primary schools, six secondary schools, eight intermediate schools, 14 mosques, two main mosques, eight main power stations, fire and ambulance stations, a center for girls, a youth center, three public parks, two private schools, three Quranic institutes, a Holy Quran memorization house, two police stations, two gas branches, four branches of local banks and an elderly care center and office. The area will also include a specialized health center, a public clinic, a telephone exchange, a main central market, wedding halls for men and women, a community development center, a social center, a government complex, a Zakat House, a garage, a water purification plant, a sewage station, freshwater towers and a green belt of an area of 138,500 sq m to prevent sand encroachment.
Two contracts have been awarded to local companies in Kuwait
The Kuwait Oil Company announced that it has awarded two contracts to local companies with the first covering the construction of oil infrastructure and the second contract related to providing crew for the marine fleet. The first contract is to build remote vertical hatches and associated works in southern and eastern Kuwait, which was awarded to Al-Ghanim International General Trading and Contracting Company. The Kuwait Oil Company said that the contract was awarded to Al-Ghanim after it was approved by the majority of the members of the Central Agency for Public Tenders. KOC did not disclose the value of the contract. Heavy Engineering Industries and Shipbuilding Company (HESCO) won the second contract to provide the crew of the marine fleet. The contract value was 15.5 million dinars ($50.2 million).
Tender to be launched for the residential project in Kuwait
Minister of State for Municipal Affairs, Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology, and Minister of State for Housing and Urban Development announced the approval of the Corporation’s Tender Committee to launch a tender for the implementation of main roads and infrastructure services for the South Sabah Al-Ahmad Residential City project. The project’s infrastructure work will include four contracts and has been approved to tender works for the construction, completion, and maintenance of infrastructure services for the main roads in the city. Other contracts are included for the establishment, completion, and maintenance of infrastructure services for the outskirts of the project, in the corporation’s plan to be put forward next March.
Tender expected soon for Al Mubarakiya Souk in Kuwait
Oil-rich Kuwait is planning to build a new hotel, shops, restaurants and other facilities as part of plans to expand a key market in the heart of the capital Kuwait City. The Municipality has obtained cabinet approval for the project to develop Al Mubarakiya Souk and it intends to invite bids from the private sector to execute the project. The project, which has been on the cards for more than a year, comprises a new hotel, a public park, shops and restaurants, multi-storey car parks, a museum, a mosque and other facilities. The concerned authorities have completed the final designs for the expansion project, which will be carried out by the private sector.
Investment tender issued for bridge axis sites in Kuwait
The Council of Ministers recently introduced a special tender for providing advisory support services to the licensing bid for the planning, development, completion, operation, maintenance, exploitation and investment of the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Bridge axis sites, which consist of the north and south Islands and the north and south shores. It is an indivisible tender for specialized companies to provide advisory support services for the planning licensing auction, and the development, completion, operation, maintenance, exploitation and investment of the Jaber Bridge axis sites, in accordance with the general specifications.
Failaka island to be developed in Kuwait
The Public Institute for Social Security, represented by its real estate arm, Wafra Real Estate Company, is studying investment on Failaka Island through developing a marine tourist park with all its facilities, including chalets, infrastructure, and logistics to serve it. Wafra Real Estate will conduct a feasibility study to enter into this investment, especially as it intends to develop its project on the island on a world-class model that simulates the best similar projects in the world while preserving and renovating the historical and social identity of the island. A recent study stated that a government trend was to segregate and divide the tourist sites on Failaka Island from 2 to 4 parks as needed, with each park having a special character, serving various segments of clients (tourist park, family park, heritage park), a sanatorium park for physiotherapy or convalescence and recreation. It is decided, according to the initial perceptions of the mechanism of launching the Failaka Island development project, that the project will be put up for rent for a period of 20 years in accordance with Article 17 of the State Property Law which stipulates that it is permissible to lease the state’s private real estate or movable property for a nominal fee or less than the same wage to a legal or natural person with the intention of achieving a purpose of public benefit, and the lease is based on the proposal of the Minister or the head of the competent authority or institution with the approval of the Council of Ministers.
Oil pollution clean-up consultancy bids expected soon in Kuwait
OPEC producer Kuwait intends to issue a tender for a consultancy service contract to manage crude oil pollution clean-up projects it awarded a few months ago. The state-owned Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), which manages the Gulf country’s upstream sector, has asked the Central Agency for Public Tenders (CAPT) to issue that tender. The contract involves providing consultancy services for the management of pollution cleaning projects and related activities. KOC intends to appoint an international consultant with experience in managing projects involving oil pollution clean-up which the Company has awarded. CAPT is expected to issue the tender this week and bidding will end on Dec 18, 2022.
Final approval awaited for Al-Subbiya project in Kuwait
The Al-Subbiya Project is expected to be completed within a short period, especially since the project has reached the final stages but needs approvals from the concerned authorities, given that these projects need cooperation from all relevant authorities. The project includes investment areas, parking lots, a track for jogging and cycling, in addition to recreational and events areas. There will also be two areas for food trucks and retail sales, as well spaces for rent.
The approval of the Ministry of Works is awaited. A year has passed since the project was suspended last August, when the Council of Ministers at that time considered a recommendation to prepare a temporary area of land in the Subbiya area to attract youth entertainment projects, and the National Fund for Small and Medium Enterprises Development was tasked with preparing a land in Subbiya in cooperation and coordination with Kuwait Municipality and government agencies that it deemed appropriate, but the delay in obtaining approvals delayed the project for an entire year.
Agreement signed for aviation fuel technical services in Kuwait
Kuwait Petroleum International a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) has announced that its aviation fuel affiliate, Q8Aviation, has been awarded a contract to provide technical services to Kuwait Aviation Fuelling Company (KAFCO), Kuwait National Petroleum Company’s jet fuel affiliate, at Kuwait International Airport. This award formalizes the intention to enhance cooperation between the two subsidiary aviation companies within the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) group. The agreement provides KAFCO with Q8Aviation’s broad range of technical services, including inspections of the refuelling operation at Kuwait International Airport, provision of technical documentation, training, and engineering consultancy. It demonstrates KPC’s strategic focus on synergy-driven integration between its subsidiaries and shows its successful efforts at optimization through comparative advantage and honing efficiencies.
USD 4.9 million contract awarded for gas cages in Kuwait
The Higher Procurement Committee for the tenders of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) and its subsidiaries has awarded a Moroccan company the tender worth USD 4.9 million for the supply of about 8,400 steel cages for gas cylinders. In detail, the committee had issued a tender for the supply of 1,400 cages of liquefied gas cylinders of 25 kilograms and 7,000 cages of liquefied gas cylinders of 12 kilograms for the two branches of liquefied gas filling in Shuaiba and Umm Al-Aish, to be awarded to the company Intral Industries - Morocco at USD 4.9 million for a period of 24 months on the basis of the second lowest price corresponding to the terms and conditions offered.
Bidding to commence soon for a power & water plant consultancy contract in kuwait
General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to open the door for submitting offers for the consultancy contract related to the planned allocation of the Shuaiba North Power and Water Plant, which is valued at $1.26 billion. Ernst & Young, Deloitte, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Systems Engineering Group had submitted bids in late December 2021. 3 of the five groups are believed to have passed the technical evaluation process.
Three major projects to be developed under BOT system in Kuwait
The Director General of Kuwait Municipality announced the launch of three major projects under the BOT system, including the Jahra Waterfront, during the current year. Next year, the educational, cultural and entertainment center, and the most recent in 2024, the Mubarakiya Market Development Project will be launched. Mubarakiya market development project is proceeding according to what is planned according to the schedule. The new project includes a mosque, a hotel and an open theater with a heritage design and the development of the municipality’s garden.
KD11.5 million contract to be signed soon for airport network expansion project in Kuwait
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) intends to sign a contract worth KD11.5 million directly with Leonardo SPA Company to implement the KADIN network expansion project for a period of three years. The DGCA has requested for approval from the regulatory authorities; but the lack of budget for fiscal year 2022/2023 might delay the process. The expansion of the information exchange network is one of the strategic projects of Kuwait as it is aimed at linking air navigation systems to an advanced network for the development of Kuwait International Airport.
Flowlines contract award decision postponed in Kuwait
Kuwait Oil Co. has postponed the announcement of its project bids winner for the installment of flowlines and associated works in south and east Kuwait, as the country continues to halt many oil and gas projects. Companies have already submitted their bids on the project worth $100 million and are awaiting the client’s decision.
Four companies bid for contract to clean soil in southern Kuwait
Four local contracting companies are bidding for the second major soil remediation and removal of oil pollutants contract in southern Kuwait, known as the Second South Kuwait Project for Drilling, Transport and Processing (SKETR-2). The area to be reclaimed is divided into three areas, and the total value of the three lowest bids submitted by the companies is $455.2 million. The scope of work in the three packages includes treating 8.5 million cubic meters of contaminated soil.
The lowest bids for the three packages were as follows Area A consists of (L1 bidder is Contractor Company for General Trading and Contracting $148.52 million) and (L2 – Al-Sayer General Trading and Construction Contracting Company $155.17 million) Area B bidders are (L1 – Alghanim International General Trading and Contracting Company $153.9 million; L2 – Heavy Engineering Industries and Shipbuilding Company $176.73 million) and Area C (L1 – Contractor Company for General Trading and Contracting $152.8 million and L2 – Al-Sayer General Trading and Construction Contracting Company $165.08 million).
Kuwait Oil Company has not yet announced the formal award of contracts to the winning companies, and it had mentioned before bidding for the project that each of the three different contracts would be awarded to a different company. But it is not known what will be done with the contracts for Area A and Area C, as the Contracting Company for General Trading and Contracting submitted the lowest bids for both contracts. The Kuwait Oil Company said before bidding that it would not award several packages of the project to one company, but it seems that it might change its mind and award the contracts for areas A and C to one company.
Contractor Company for General Trading and Contracting has partnered with China’s Zaopin Technologies, which specializes in crude oil tank cleaning and tasks related to pollution and bio remediation of oil contaminated soil. It should be noted that the SKETR-2 is focused on addressing pollution in the south of the country, where there is a greater amount of contaminated soil, and is the third contract of its kind to be offered under Kuwait’s multibillion dollar environmental reform program. The deadline for submitting bids has been extended several times after contractors requested more time to prepare their bids.
Approval awaited for 21 contracts to be awarded in Kuwait
The Kuwait Oil Company currently has lined up 21 contracts and has submitted to the Central Agency for Public Tenders awaiting bids for those tenders during the coming period, amid expectations of accelerating the pace of receiving bids and not extending and deciding on awards during the coming period. The Kuwait Oil Company has a huge set of new projects to be implemented during the current fiscal 2022/2023, coinciding with the improvement in oil prices and Kuwait’s desire to maintain and increase production levels after complete liberation from the production reduction agreement implemented by the (OPEC +) alliance. The data showed that the contracts offered by the Kuwait Oil Company in the Central Agency for Public Tenders are as follows:
1 – Providing services for unified petroleum software
2 – Providing repair and renovation services for production facilities in the southern and eastern regions of Kuwait
3 – Security, safety and supervisory control system improvements and data acquisition for Jurassic Wells in North Kuwait.
4 – Services, cleaning and related works in the regions of south and east Kuwait.
5 – Establishment of (2) new electrical sub-stations with a voltage of KV 132 and related overhead lines in North Kuwait, and the establishment of new overhead lines with a voltage of 33 KV in West Kuwait.
6 – Comprehensive maintenance and operational support for gas facilities in southern and eastern Kuwait.
7 – Comprehensive maintenance and operational support for gas facilities in North and West Kuwait.
8 – Rental of mass transit vehicles and utility vehicles.
9 – Maintenance support services for export facilities.
10 – Operation and maintenance services for mechanical equipment and air cooling systems in Ahmadi Hospital.
11 – Modernization and development of the gas and condensate network in the East Kuwait region.
12 – Installing pipes to reuse treated surplus water from the Kuwait National Petroleum Company in the facilities of the Kuwait Oil Company.
13 – Support services for workshops.
14 – Raising the efficiency of water management facilities.
15 – Development of chemical injection and monitoring system in North Kuwait facilities.
16 – Thermal test facilities (North and South).
17 – Replacing the compressed air system for precision machinery and for the facility’s air system in East Kuwait assembly centers.
18 – Consulting services to assess the impact of operations on Kuwait through the use of an air quality monitoring network and resource allocation.
19 – Replacing the compressed air system for precision machines and the facility air system in the assembly centers of southern Kuwait.
20 – Maintenance services for production facilities in the northern regions of Kuwait.
21 – Design, construction and supply of Dob and other boats to combat and recover oil pollution.
On the other hand the company signed 10 contracts worth 22.53 million dinars with local and international companies to carry out some works during the current year, some of which extend for years. The data showed the KOC has signed a contract worth 7.2 million dinars with Al-Meer Technical Services Company for a comprehensive maintenance contract for the fire and gas detection system in the northern and western regions of Kuwait, while it signed another contract worth 4.8 million dinars with Al-Dar Engineering and Construction Company to implement a new plant for export operations. Another contract worth 2.9 million dinars was signed to carry out electrical modification and lighting decoration works with a local company. The company signed another contract to employment in management and secretarial work with the Kuwait Resources House Company for Human Resources, while another contract was signed with Al-Meer Company to implement operations services for the gas production facility No. 50 in North Kuwait, at a value of 1.9 million dinars. The sources indicated that the company signed another contract to replace the shutdown, fire and emergency gas systems at the sea water treatment plant in the North Kuwait region.
URB unveils worlds largest net zero community in Kuwait
URB, a global leader in developing sustainable cities, has unveiled the designs for XZero City, a planned sustainable community providing a net zero carbon lifestyle for 100,000 residents in Kuwait. The 1,600-hectare development is planned for the southern region of Kuwait to provide 30,000 residential units, as well as 30,000 green jobs, which will be created in various hubs such as medical, tourism, technology, educational, retail and entertainment, said a statement from URB. XZero will promote sustainable tourism through its various eco-friendly hospitality assets, including a five-star eco resort and eco lodges. Edutainment attractions such as the utility park and nature conservation centre will transform the city into a unique visitor attraction. The green-tech hub, masterplanned by URB, will promote a collaborative innovative environment in food, energy, water and waste technology The medical hub will feature an autism village, wellness centre and clinics. The educational hub will feature a nursery, school and an institute. The commercial hub will include indoor mall and flexible office spaces. The project is provides the highest standards of social, environmental and economic sustainability. The masterplan was designed using passive design strategies, as well as green and blue infrastructure, to create a sustainable development which requires the least financial investment whilst providing the highest environmental gains.
It is a new paradigm in green urban living and a new benchmark model for the next generation of sustainable cities. As a self-sufficient city, XZero will provide all the resident’s caloric food intake on site through its productive landscape. The city incorporates many different urban farming methods such as community gardens, bio domes, aquaponics, vertical farms and biosaline agriculture. The city will also harvest all the renewable energy needs locally whilst also recycling its waste and water on site. The creation of cities that follow the highest standards of sustainability is no longer a choice, it has become a necessity. URB pointed out that at the heart of the project is a unique resilient landscape, designed to promote health, wellbeing and biodiversity. The multifunctional landscape is the social glue to the entire city and will connect residents to all amenities within minutes through its 44 km of dedicated green mobility tracks. Ultimately, the city will provide the highest quality of life whilst protecting the environment for future generations. It will become a new benchmark for future cities to be planned in balance with nature, whilst promoting a greener circular economy.
Consultancy firm appointed for Al-Dabdaba Power & Shagaya Renewable Energy project in Kuwait
The Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) announced that it has signed a contract to provide consultancy services for Al-Dabdaba Power and Shagaya Renewable Energy – Phase III project. The contract signed with a consortium of companies led by Ernst & Young. KAPP announced that contract was signed after granted approvals from the respective regulatory authorities, in cooperation with the Ministry of Electricity and Water and Renewable Energy, being the government authority concerned with the project, as well as the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research. KAPP stated that the winning consultant alliance will undertake the preparation and completion of the project’s feasibility study and the work related to the proposal process which includes, but is not limited to, the preparation of qualification and tender documents, procedures for qualifying investors, supervising the technical, financial, legal, and environmental areas of the project, and coordinating with investors until the end of the financial close in accordance with Kuwait’ law.
Sulaibikhat Bay to be developed in Kuwait
The Waterfront Development of the Sulaibikhat Coast project will be marketed locally and internationally in cooperation between the public and private sectors to ensure the creation of a competitive investment environment and achieving financial returns. The project to develop the structural plan of Sulaibikhat Bay is to develop the waterfront and the area overlooking the Sulaibikhat coast from Kuwait Bay and to provide the necessary services to the western and northern regions of the country, perhaps the most important of which is the rehabilitation of the environment and work to preserve and develop them. It also aims to increase the number of commercial projects and service, recreational and service areas on the coastal strip, and the involvement of the private sector in these projects, and a group of six areas has been identified, as follows, Innovation Zone, Sulaibikhat coast area, Sulaibikhat Sports Area, Ras Ashiraj area, Ashiraj residential area and Ashiraj Islands.
Jaber Bridge Islands development bidding date extended in Kuwait
The committee in charge of investing in Jaber Bridge decided to extend the bidding date in order to give more time for companies wishing to invest in the new project. The bid that was put forward for nearly a year, specifically on September 26, 2021, saw only one company showing interest and hence postponed the bidding date in the belief other companies will come forward to and submit their bids.
The Cabinet had announced the launch of a public bid for the license to plan, develop, complete, operate, maintain, exploit and invest the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah Bridge axis sites, consisting of the northern and southern islands and the northern and southern banks for the benefit of the Public Authority for Roads and Land Transport, according to a number of specifications and conditions. The field was opened for those wishing to participate in the bidding starting from September 26, 2021 and the closing date was on March 17, 2022.
The committee decided to extend the period of participation in the bidding to ensure the best financial and economic benefit from the completion of the project, which will only be achieved through competition from a good number of companies.
Lowest bid submitted for oil flow line project in Kuwait
Heavy Engineering Industries and Shipbuilding Company (HEISCO), Kuwait announced that it has submitted lowest bid for the tender issued by Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). HEISCO submits the bid value of KWD 68.5 million (USD 223.7 million). The Company states that the project is related to Construction of Flowlines and Associated Works in West Kuwait Area. Project will be subject to award as soon as the award decision issued by the Central Agency for Public Tender.
Budget approval delays over $1 bn projects in Kuwait
The approval of the budget for two major oil projects, worth about $1.35 billion, affiliated to the Kuwait Oil Company has been postponed. As for the assembly centers that will be developed, they have the following numbers: GC-1, GC-2, GC-11, and GC- 19. It was expected earlier that the project of these assembly centers would be launched in October or November of this year, but due to the delay in approving the project budget so far, the tendering may witness further delays.
As for the second project, which was affected by the delay in approving its budget, it relates to the expansion of two sewage disposal plants in oil facilities, which are known by convention as EWDP-1 and EWDP-2. The value of these two projects is estimated at about $650 million. The first station project, EWDP-1, is located about 20 km south of downtown Kuwait City, and the second project, EWDP-2, is located about 40 km south. The preliminary engineering and designs for the project had been completed.
KD 8.99 million contract awarded for oil & gas technical advice in Kuwait
The Kuwait Oil Company is expected to sign a contract worth 8.99 million dinars for technical advice in the field of oil and gas. Petrotel won the contract because its offer was the lowest of 8.9 million dinars. Kuwait Oil Company had conducted 3 rounds of negotiation with 5 international companies in a limited exercise.
The Target Oil Services Company submitted an offer of 9.3 million dinars, after the company’s first offer was 12.7 million dinars, while Halliburton Company submitted an offer of 10.1 million dinars in the third a big difference from its first of 17.2 million dinars. As for Robertson Company, it had submitted the offer of 9.8 million dinars, down from a financial offer of 22.1 million dinars, and BEICIP-FRANLAB 9.9 million dinars.
Tender to be launched soon for rainwater drainage project in Kuwait
The Public Authority for Roads and Land Transport, for fiscal year 2022-2023, will present a project to establish, complete and maintain rainwater drainage systems for the residential areas of Sabah Al-Ahmad, South Sabah Al-Ahmad, Al-Khairan residential and Al-Wafra residential areas, and it is expected to be announced at the beginning of next December. The project implementation period is estimated at 48 months, which is a public tender aimed at providing good level of services to citizens in new residential areas and providing them with safety during the rains through regular rainwater drainage and preventing the flooding of some areas by rainwater, both within the region or the surrounding areas.
The project also aims to maintain the quality of rainwater that is carried in independent networks for draining purpose only, and to protect the environment and stagnation of residential areas southeast of Kuwait and serve the current new development areas, which are the Sabah Al-Ahmad residential, south and east of Sabah Al-Ahmad and Al-Khairan. The work includes the construction of a concrete sewer to drain rainwater from the collection tanks, which is to be established by the Public Authority for Housing Welfare to carry the water to the sea at the Nuwaiseeb exit point. The length of the sewer is expected to 73 km long in addition to 3 basins to collect rainwater in the Wafra and Sabah Al-Ahmad and South Sabah Al-Ahmad residential areas.
Work in progress for integrated facilities in Kuwait
Delivering on its ambitious transformation plan that was launched in September 2021, Touristic Enterprises Company reveals the progress of its Wave 1 projects. Ras Al-Ardh Club site, designed to be a contemporary and integrated facility, will contain recreational and sports activities that meet the needs of everyone in the family, ranging from an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, a kids club area, restaurants, shops, male grooming hair salon facilities,men spa and women spa, a health club, sports fields and car parks among others. This redeveloped facility boasts an area of 35,000 square and is expected to be completed by 2022- 2023. The Nuwaiseeb Rest Area which boasts an area of 10,000 square meters will offer restaurants, cafes, and a supermarket, as well as a car park, car maintenance area and shops. Expected to be completed by the end of 2022, it is located on King Fahd BinAbdulaziz Highway. Messilah Beach will be developed into an integrated and contemporary facility covering an area of 70,000 square meters, containing recreational and sports activities to meet the needs of visitors of all age groups throughout the year. As a center of attraction for families, the development of the project includes the provision of water games for all ages, in addition to swimming pools, sports and beach activities, a multi-purpose hall, a visitor building and administration office building, restaurants, cafes, shops and much more.
Reservoirs & dams to be built to prevent flooding in Kuwait
The Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) in coordination with its counterpart, the Ministry of Works will provide permanent protection to 3 residential areas: Al-Mutla’a, South Abdullah Al-Mubarak and West Abdullah Al-Mubarak from torrential rains. In this regard, the Ministry of Works is about to float a tender to protect these cities from floods next December, and the project is expected to be complete in 36 months.
The project also aims to prevent the occurrence of rainwater accumulations, whether within the surrounding areas or areas where water may collect, and to achieve environmental protection by preventing rainwater from collecting and stagnating in residential cities. Ministry of Works, along with PAHW seeks to, through a set of radical solutions to contain the rain water before they reach these areas by building reservoirs and dams and water channels to siphon the torrential water away from these cities and drain the surplus through a rainwater network to avert the danger of floods.
Oil & gas projects worth $11.5bn to be implemented in Kuwait
Kuwait has allocated about $11.5 billion to implement oil and gas projects during the coming years, which are divided into several stages according to the progress that has been achieved. Three American, Australian and French international companies have submitted their final bids for the project management consultancies in the oil and gas sector in Kuwait. The valuation of bids include, $424 million in the design phase, $492 million in the prequalification phase of contractors for the main contract, $1.641 billion in the planning and initial designs phase, and finally $8.317 billion in projects in the study phase. The contract was proposed by the Kuwait Oil Company to cover both the initial engineering and design services and the project management work for the main infrastructure of KOC projects.
American KBR, Australian Worley and French Technip, submitted their bids on June 22, 2022 while Fluor, has been excluded from the tender due to violations related to submitting the initial letter of guarantee, and Wood Group, the British company, because it offered the highest price in a previous round. KOC uses the Practice System in the bidding process for a special project management contract. The system acts as a reverse multi-round auction, where companies have to lower their prices or keep the same price for each round, all prices are revealed to bidders after each round, and the higher-priced bidders are forced to withdraw as bids drop.
Radisson Hotel Group unveils its second brand in Kuwait
Radisson Hotel Group has debuted its second brand in Kuwait with the signing of Park Inn by Radisson Kuwait Hotel & Apartments, bringing the Group’s presence in the region to 75 hotels and over 16,000 keys in operation and under development. The newly built hotel is scheduled to open at the end of 2023 and will consist of 250 rooms and serviced apartments. The debut of the (upper) midscale Park Inn by Radisson hotel brand in the country will enable guests to focus on a work/life balance and find harmony in their travel experience while enjoying the hotel’s contemporary design and friendly personalized service. The hotel will consist of 250 modern superior rooms, suites and serviced apartments, many with sea-facing views, making it suitable for both short and long stays. The hotel will have a lobby café, one all-day dining restaurant and one specialty restaurant with a terrace. Meetings and event venues will include a multipurpose hall, a ballroom, and three meeting rooms. The hotel will also offer a fitness centre, a beauty salon, and a Spa.
Gulf Railway Project to be presented during 2022/2023 in Kuwait
The Ministry of Public Works announced that the annual plan for the projects of the Public Authority for Roads and Transportation (PART), which will be presented during the 2022/2023 fiscal year. The plan includes the study, preliminary design and preparation of the documents of Kuwait railways tender (phase one). They explained that the objectives of the tender are the study and engineering design of the GCC railway track of length of 111 km, and the facilities attached to the project. The scope of the project is the study and design of the first phase of the railway project (The Gulf Train) and the preparation of special and general conditions for the project.
The duration for the implementation of this tender is 12 months. It will be offered to global consulting offices through a public offering based on the special conditions that are set by PART. This project will be presented to global consulting offices due to the fact that Kuwait has never before implemented such giant vital projects. Through this tender, the railway route, the project’s work mechanism, the implementation mechanism, the time period and the real cost of the project will be determined. The implementation tender will then be presented to the international companies with authority to start work on the project through the winning company, which aims to make a qualitative leap concerning the Gulf road transport via the Gulf train, in addition to the large economic returns resulting from it for all the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Lowest bid received for flowline works in Kuwait
Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) received the bidders proposals for the project, Construction of Injection Flowline Works in North Kuwait. Eight bidders has submitted the proposals. Kuwait based Construction firm, Mechanical Engineering and Contracting Company LLC has submitted the lowest bid. Mechanical Engineering and Contracting Company LLC submitted the price of KWD 36.7 million (USD 120 million). As part of the project, the successful contractor will construct the Injection Flowline Works in North of Kuwait.
Largest petroleum research centre to be built in Kuwait
Kuwait plans to start building the world's largest petroleum research centre by the end of 2022. The centre, to be built in al-Ahmadi, south of Kuwait City, will have 28 laboratories. It will seek to develop improved production and refining techniques that can be used by the industry for different applications including the extraction of heavy crude and non-associated gas.
$119.7m contract signed in Kuwait
Combined Group Contracting (CGC), Kuwait announces in a statement that it has signed the contract for Maintenance and Repair Services Of Pipelines for Gas Management Assets. The value of the contract is KWD 36.6 million (USD 119.7 million). The project was signed with Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). The duration of the project is five years.
Three major road development projects await budget approval in Kuwait
The Public Authority for Roads and Land Transport revealed 3 major projects are underway to develop highways within the urban area, but awaiting the budget approval to start their own procedures. The three development projects are the Fourth Ring Road, the Fahaheel Expressway, and the third phase of the First Ring Road, all of which are related to solving the problem of congestion in the interior areas and facilitating the movement of traffic.
The rate of completion in roads and intersections project for the city service of Al-Mutlaa is nearing 84.3%, which is more than the specified rate by 2.4%. The project includes developing the existing Abdali Road and increasing lanes from 3 to 5 in each direction with the construction of infrastructure and services networks, as well as the construction of a multi-free intersection bridge floors with Al Mutlaa City, a tunnel for cars under the new road and a pedestrian crossing.
St. Regis Hotels on track to transform Kuwait hotel
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts has completed the first phase a of an extensive, three-phase transformation that will see two of the three towers currently occupied by Sheraton Kuwait Hotel reimagined under the St. Regis brand. The first phase of the transformation introduces The St. Regis Kuwait to the city with its collection of newly debuted refurbished guestrooms and suites. The third tower will remain home to the historic Sheraton Kuwait Hotel. Both brands are part of Marriott Bonvoy, Marriott International’s extraordinary portfolio of 30 hotel brands. The 102 guestrooms and suites at The St. Regis Kuwait feature timeless design and modern technology. All guestrooms and suites enjoy the signature St. Regis Butler Service, providing around-the-clock anticipatory service that ensures every guest’s stay is carefully considered. The next two phases of the comprehensive transformation will include the property’s public spaces, culinary offerings and recreational facilities. Plans also include an extensive makeover of the hotel’s function spaces. The St. Regis Kuwait will remain operational during this period. St. Regis continues to expand its renowned global portfolio by adding the sought-after address of Kuwait City. Following the full completion of its transformation in 2023, The St. Regis Kuwait will usher in an elevated era of luxury as the capital city’s newest best address, marked by the brand’s celebrated traditions, bespoke service, rich heritage and glamorous design.
Kuwait seeks consultant for major sewage plant project
Kuwait's Ministry of Public Works plans to appoint a consultancy for conducting integrated feasibility studies for the North Kabd sewage treatment plant project and related works. The North Kabd plant will be implemented as a public-private partnership project with the aim of raising the level of infrastructure services, meeting the state’s needs, keeping pace with urban development, treating sewage, and benefiting from treated water for agricultural and irrigation purposes. On completion, the plant will have an estimated capacity of 1 million cu m water per day to serve the residential areas and cities located south of the Sixth Ring Road - Southern Khaitan, Abdullah Al Mubarak and Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh - in addition to the new areas of west of Abdullah Al Mubarak and south of the Saad Al Abdullah city. The winning bidder will also assess the project from the environment, technical and financial point of view and prepare the tender documents and obtain the necessary approvals in cooperation with the PPP Projects Authority.
Work in progress for five commercial centers in Kuwait
Ministry of Public Works is currently implementing demolishing, rebuilding and maintaining five external centers for commercial licenses. The centers will be in five different locations in various governorates of Kuwait. The Hawally Center belongs to the Hawally Governorate, Khaitan Center to Farwaniya Governorate, Mansouriya Center to Capital Governorate, Al-Dhahr Center to Ahmadi Governorate, and Al-Ayoun Center to Jahra Governorate. Each building consists of a basement, a ground floor, first and second floors, and the roof.
The ground floor will have halls to receive the clients, and the first and second floors will have the office for employees and for VIP services. Each center is of different sizes, with the largest center being the Hawally Center, and the smallest being Al-Dhahr and Mansouriya centers. The centers will be characterized by the presence of the latest technologies compared to the old one that was demolished. Display screens will be installed in the reception halls and surveillance cameras on each floor. There will be elevators in each center, and the buildings will be electronically linked via the Internet. The buildings are characterized by modern specifications such as fire and emergency systems at the entrances and exits, and electricity generators. As for the aesthetic aspect, the logo of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry will be on the facades of the buildings and reflect the Kuwaiti heritage, in addition to the panels that will be in the offices of employees. The reinforced concrete floors in each building will help in the durability and warmth of the building to make them soundproof and prevent the passage of air.
Currently, excavation and reinforcement works are ongoing in the Mansouriya Center, and concrete pouring work in Al-Ayoun Center. The project is being executed under the direct supervision of the ministry’s apparatus. Also, the design aspect took into account the need for energy conservation through the facades that contain a highquality glass structure that absorbs sunlight and is characterized by a shading ratio, which helps to reflect the rays. There is also skylight in each building to provide natural lighting to a large area. For the air conditioning system, the cooling gas chosen complies with the conditions and the standards of the Ministry of Electricity and Water. Efforts have been exerted to reduce carbon emissions and environmental pollution by using a thermal insulation system that works to preserve heat inside the buildings.
Bid submission underway for a power transmission linking Kuwait - Saudi Arabia
Companies are preparing to submit bids by May 16, 2022 for a contract to design and build a 400 kV power transmission tower linking the city of Wafra in Kuwait to the Fadhili district of Saudi Arabia. The project belongs to the Electricity Interconnection Authority of the Gulf Cooperation Council, which oversees the exchange of electricity between the six countries.
The list of companies that qualified for the project includes KEC International, Calpataro Energy Transmission and Larsen & Toubro, the three Indian companies, in addition to the Kuwaiti National Contracting Company, the Austrian Cegelec and the Arab Company for Construction, Kuwaiti electricity transmission lines. Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development signed a financing agreement worth 35 million dinars (equivalent to 115 million dollars) with the Gulf Cooperation Council, and it is understood that the exchange of electricity on the GCC grid is growing by about 15-20% annually.
10 contracting companies implement projects worth $17 billion in Kuwait
The projects that are being implemented by 10 contracting companies in Kuwait are worth about $17 billion. Syed Hamid Behbehani & Sons Company topped the ranking of contracting companies this year with contracts worth $3.4 billion for projects in the implementation phase, followed by two other local companies, the Ahmadiyya Contracting and Trading Company with $2.6 billion and Mohammed Abdul Mohsen Al-Kharafi & Sons Company with $2.1 billion. The Turkish Limak Company came in fourth place with contracts under implementation worth 1.7 billion dollars, followed by Al-Ahlia International General Trading and Contracting Company in fifth place with 1.5 billion, then Al-Hani Contracting and Trading Company and Al-Ghanim Trading and Contracting Company in the sixth and seventh places respectively with 1.2 billion each. Finally, three local companies, United Gulf Contracting, Badr Al Mulla & Brothers Company, Al Ghanim and Jabour Company, ranked eighth, ninth and tenth, with contracts worth $1.1 billion each.
The most active international company is the Turkish company Limak, as it is working on its contract to build the new terminal at Kuwait International Airport at a value of $1.7 billion, pointing out that the rest of the top ten are local contractors, which confirms the lack of international interest in the Kuwaiti market.
GMC branch to be established in Kuwait
The Ministry of Health intends to expand the scope of the work of the General Medical Center by establishing a branch affiliated with the center in the Ahmadi Health District. MOH stated that the step aims to expand the area of services provided by the KMA and eliminate centralization, in light of the increasing number of patients in the Al-Sabah Medical District, and to ensure facilitation for citizens wishing to complete their transactions easily. The center to be built will be in the Funaitees Health Center, and it will be inaugurated in the future after completing some electronic linking with the KMA in the Sabah Health District.
2.6 million dinars to develop operational airport services in Kuwait
The Directorate-General of Civil Aviation has allocated 2.6 million dinars to sign a contract for advisory services and technical and operational support with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) for a period of 5 years. The DGCA has addressed the supervisory authorities regarding direct contracting with ICAO, and the Central Agency for Central Tenders has agreed after listening to the testimony of specialists, explaining that the procedures for the documentary session are being completed with the rest of the supervisory authorities to obtain official approvals. A joint strategy will be put in place to develop operational and technical services to serve the air transport market, as well as the infrastructure of Kuwait International Airport, coinciding with the establishment of the new airport T2. The DGCA seeks to make the new airport a regional air hub and to provide the highest standards of efficiency through services that ensure high levels of comfort for passengers. On the other hand, the administration addressed the regulatory authorities regarding the introduction of a project to provide an advanced guidance and control system for surface movement and a system for detecting small objects on runways.
$24.19 million US army marine works contract awarded in Kuwait
The US Army in Kuwait has awarded a marine works contract to a local company with a value of around $24.19 million. The project involves marine construction and repair works and it was won by the Kuwaiti-based Gulf Construction, Marine Works and General Contracting Co.
Mega development project award expected by Q3 of 2022 in Kuwait
Kuwait’s Council of Ministers General Secretariat (CMGS) is expected to award the license for developing four sites on the 36-kilometre Sheikh Jaber Al Ahmad Al-Sabah Causeway, which spans the Kuwait Bay linking Kuwait City with Subiya, on public-private partnership (PPP) model in the third quarter of 2022. The tender for license for the planning, planning, development, completion, operation, maintenance, utilisation and investment of the four sites, comprising North and South islands and North and South Banks was issued on 26 September 2021. The bid submission deadline has been pushed from 17 March to 16 June 2022. The license award is expected by end of third quarter of 2022.
The successful company will undertake the design, financing, execution of the infrastructure and the facilities across the four sites totalling approximately one million square metres (sqm), followed by operation and management period of 35 years. The areas available for development in each site
635,913 sqm of the Southern bank
282,355 sqm of Southern Island
283,358 sqm of Northern Island
565,504 sqm of Northern Bank
The commercial prospects include retail, hospitality, health, wellness, food and beverage, and serviced apartments, with the objective of transforming the areas into local and regional attraction with entertainment, social, cultural and sports venues. The bidder, local and foreign, will need to demonstrate its experience in developing, managing or operating mixed-use real estate developments and the completion of at least one similar comparable development not less than 50,000 sqm during the last seven years. The project is slated for completion by end of 2026.
14 government projects to be completed soon in Kuwait
The construction projects sector in the Ministry of Public Works is racing against time to complete 14 government construction projects to contribute to advance the development and achieving the state’s strategic plan in accordance with Vision 2035.
The combined value of these projects is estimated at 495 million dinars topped by the New Maternity Hospital project, which is one of the projects in the development plan, and aims to provide high-quality healthcare through the quality health services program for citizens and residents according to international standards, by increasing the clinical capacity of government hospitals, since it is considered as one of the environmentally friendly projects, and was designed according to the latest international regulations and codes.
The list of projects being implemented includes the project to establish parking lots for the Institute of Judicial Studies and the Criminal Evidences Department, the Hawalli Courts Complex and renovating the Minors Affairs building, as well as the project to establish five commercial centers affiliated with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Juvenile Care Homes building and the Ministry of Awqaf building. The list also includes the construction of the General Administration of Facilities Security, the General Administration of Criminal Investigation, the Mubarak Al-Kabeer Governorate building, the National Security Agency building, the central market of Granada suburb, and the Financial and Administrative Affairs building of the Ministry of Interior.
The ministry has already received three projects, including the primary ones — the Ministry of Awqaf, Hawalli Courts and Criminal Investigation, while two other projects are currently being received and they are the National Security and Granada Market, as well as two buildings from the five centers project of the Ministry of Commerce. The sector has a number of projects ready to be offered, including the Juvenile Court Building, the Northern Audit Bureau Building and other projects that are currently being prepared.
Work started on $250 million Economic Zone project in Kuwait
Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority (KDIPA) has started work on its planned 7-square-kilometre Wafrah Economic Zone in Southern Kuwait. Design of the $250 million project is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2022. The design consultancy contract, worth $2.64 million, was awarded to Arab Engineering Consultant in January 2022. The scope of work involves the design of economic zone including industrial facilities, mixed-use buildings and infrastructure.
The project is slated for completion in the third quarter of 2025. Al Wafra is among the three economic zones planned by KDIPA to create commercial gateways between Kuwait and the Gulf states, according to the Authority’s website. The Zone is located 65 kilometres southwest from Kuwait Metropolitan Area and on the route to Saudi border crossing.
USD 5.1 million tender approved for power station equipment in Kuwait
The Heavy Engineering Industries and Shipbuilding Company declared that the board of the Central Agency for Public Tenders approved a tender for service of the ministry of electricity and water at a value of KD 1.5 million (USD 5.1 million). The the tender envisages installing workshops equipment, supplying raw materials to the South Al-Zor Station for generating power and desalinating water.
KD 7.4 million worth contracts signed for schools in Kuwait
The Ministry of Education is in the process of hiring security guards after getting approval from the Audit Bureau. The ministry got approval from the concerned authority for its request to contract with a security and safety company to provide security personnel for schools in the Farwaniya and Al-Asimah educational districts. The Audit Bureau agreed to contract with the two winning companies after the approval of the regulatory authorities, with a total amount of 3.4 million dinars for schools affiliated with the Farwaniya Educational District, and about 4 million dinars for educational schools in the Capital for a period of 36 months, provided that the rules for preparing general budgets and the final account are adhered to. The guard contracts for the capital and Farwaniya educational districts ended on March 31, and were extended until the contracting procedures for the new bids were completed, noting that the contracts for the schools of the Ahmadi and Hawalli educational districts are under study by the Audit Bureau and awaiting approval from the Ministry of Finance.
Contract signed to build a dry fuel plant in Kuwait
Ministry of Finance has agreed to contract with the Kuwait Cement Company (KCC) to establish a plant to convert Municipal solid waste into dry fuel to be used in the furnaces of cement production plants, provided that the company bears all the financial costs related to the establishment, operation, and maintenance of the factory. The factory should be established in accordance with Article No. 17 of Law No. 105 of 1980 regarding the state property system, within the landfill site in Mina Abdullah, where waste is currently dumped and designated for the Municipality.