Work progress announced for first industrial zone in Kuwait
Kuwait has completed nearly 80 percent of a project to build its first major industrial zone and it is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2024. Al-Shadadiya Zone, south of the capital Kuwait City, has an area of around 5 square kilometres and is part of plans to diversify the Gulf state's oil-reliant economy. Nearly 80 percent of the project has been completed. The project is expected to be ready in the first quarter of 2024 to be Kuwait's first integrated industrial zone. The zone will house 1,036 industrial units covering various manufacturing industries.
$50mln contract awarded for maintenance of roads in Kuwait
Kuwaiti-based Combined Group Contracting Company has won a contract for the maintenance of roads and other infrastructure facilities in Kuwait. The contract has a value of around 15.2 million Kuwaiti dinars ($50 million) and includes infrastructure maintenance services in Qurtuba district in the capital Kuwait City. The project, awarded by the Public Works Ministry, will be completed with 1,095 days.
Tender to be issued for petroleum products storage in Kuwait
Kuwait intends to issue tenders for the construction of petroleum products storage facilities at a cost of more than $3 billion. The Central Agency for Public Tenders has approved a request by state oil operator Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) to invite bids for the project comprising storage tanks and construction of pipelines from Al-Ahmadi and Shuaiba refineries. KPC will meet interested contractors on 17 December, 2023 to present details of the project, which will be completed within 44 months, preliminary designs have been completed and KPC has set a budget of 1-1.2 billion Kuwaiti dinars ($3.3-3.9 billion) for the project.
$47.5mln deal signed for gas gathering facilities in Kuwait
Kuwait-based Combined Group Contracting Company (CGCC) has signed a contract for gas gathering facilities in the oil-rich Neutral Zone that Kuwait shares with Saudi Arabia. The contract has a value of around 14.38 million Kuwaiti dinars ($47.5 million) and has a duration period of four years and three months. CGCC was awarded the contract in September,2023 by the Kuwait Gulf Oil Company and the Saudi Arabian Chevron Company, which jointly manage Wafra oilfield in the 5,000 square km border zone.
Announcement of tender to built & maintain homes in Kuwait
The Department of Documents and Contracts at the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) announced that the tender for the establishment, completion and maintenance of 1,568 homes in Al-Nayeem area, in addition to public buildings, asphalt surface layer work, supply and installation of low and medium pressure cables, and lighting work, which will take 1,095 days during the fiscal year of 2023/2024. The tender will include model A for a total of 833 houses, and model B for 735 houses, in addition to two primary schools – one for boys and the other for girls.
Besides a middle school for boys and a secondary school for girls, it will also include a main mosque, housing for an imam and a muezzin, as well as implementing a low and medium pressure network for tender, implementing road lighting network works for tender, and implementing surface asphalt layer works for tender, the aforementioned components are final so far, these components will be confirmed before the date of launching the tender by the Pricing and Technical Review Department. Regarding the allocation of low-cost government housing in Sulaibiya, Taima, and Sabah Al-Salem Apartments, priority will be according to requests for the year 2000, and that reviews will be in the PAHW's external centers, which are – the Liberation Tower, Jahra, Qurain, and The Avenues from 8:30 am to 12:30 noon. In the main institution building, reviews will take place in the evening from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. In addition, PAHW is showcasing its electronic services that it provides to citizens through the government application Sahel, in an introductory pavilion that it will hold in the Ministries Complex until October 26 of this month, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.
PAHW stressed its keenness to be present in vital places to direct and guide citizens, inform them about its electronic services available through the government application Sahel, and respond to their inquiries related to residential care. The PAHW is working on completing the digital transformation of all the transactions it provides with the aim of making it easier for citizens, indicating that it is considered the first government entity to provide a special pavilion with a specialized team to receive citizens to introduce its services in the government application Sahel.
Plans revealed for Solar Power Projects in Kuwait
Kuwait will be releasing the Request for Qualification (RFQ) for the various phases of the much anticipated 4-gigawatts (GW) Shagaya Solar Power Project by the end of this year, 2023. Renewable Energy, Ministry of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy (MEWRE) announced the RFQ for various phases will be launched one after the other later this year, 2023 and all the phases are expected to be connected to the grid by 2027-28. The project is being tendered as an Independent Power Project (IPP) with MEWRE as the off-taker for the electricity generated. Studies indicate Kuwait could get fairly good LCOE (levelised cost of electricity) bids.
- Phase 1 of the Shagaya project will be 1,100 MWac (Megawatt, Alternating Current) and be fully based on photovoltaic (PV) solar technology. The RFQ document for Phase 1 is ready and will be launched in two to three months.
- Phase 2 will comprise a 200MW Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant with around five hours of storage capacity. They are already doing the RFP for Phase 2. Kuwait was earlier considering a mix of CSP, wind and PV solar for the project but decided to choose CSP and PV and ditch wind. CSP is suitable because of Kuwait's good solar radiation. Wind turbines were efficient only during night hours but not during peak demand times between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
- Phase 3 will be 1,500 MWac and the final phase Phase 4 will be 1,700 MWac. The RFP will be released by the middle of next year, 2024. MEWRE has completed feasibility and technical studies, but the developer may need to study further and decide on specific technologies. They are talking about four developers & expects Phases 3 and 4 to adopt similar technologies.
Government is also planning to launch a series of solar projects at utility-scale, distributed solar and mid-size projects to meet the 15 percent renewables contribution by 2030 mandate. They are talking about rooftop solar projects of about 5MW and below, about 10-150MW in the mid-range, future projects for Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) and utility-scale projects. The EPC tenders for a 150-180MW solar project in Ardiya will be released in the first or second quarter of the next year, 2024. Ministry is rethinking opportunities for using battery technologies for the islands in Boubiyan and Failaka as the government develops these islands. Kuwait is also studying the industry's demand for change in rules pertaining to solar energy in the country. At present, Kuwait does not have rules for wheeling, feed-in-tariffs or renewable PPAs but the country is moving towards implementing fixed rates for purchasing energy from renewable energy sources. Kuwait currently imports panels, converters, inverters and batteries but can provide supporting products like steel structures and cables, and manpower for the engineering, design and fabrication.
RFQ will be launched for solar power project in Kuwait
Kuwait will be releasing the Request for Qualification (RFQ) for the various phases of the much anticipated 4-gigawatts (GW) Shagaya solar power project by the end of this year. The RFQ for various phases will be launched one after the other later this year and all the phases are expected to be connected to the grid by 2027-28. The project is being tendered as an Independent Power Project (IPP) with MEWRE as the off-taker for the electricity generated, studies indicate Kuwait could get fairly good LCOE (levelised cost of electricity) bids.
Phase 1 of the Shagaya project will be 1,100 MWac (Megawatt, Alternating Current) and be fully based on photovoltaic (PV) solar technology. The RFQ document for Phase 1 is ready and will be launched in two to three months. Phase 2 will comprise a 200MW Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant with around five hours of storage capacity.
Phase 3 will be 1,500 MWac and the final phase will be 1,700 MWac. The RFP will be released by the middle of next year. MEWRE has completed feasibility and technical studies, but the developer may need to study further and decide on specific technologies.
Lowest proposal submitted for a power service project in Kuwait
Kuwait's Heavy Engineering Industries and Shipbuilding Company (HEISCO) had presented the lowest bid for a project to provide services to a key power plant in the Gulf state. It had submitted a bid with value of 61.7 million Kuwaiti dinars ($204 million). The contract involves providing highly efficient and continuous engineering services for combined cycle gas turbine and auxiliaries at Sabiya thermal power plant in Al-Jahra west of the capital Kuwait City. The project is managed by Kuwait's Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy Ministry.
Plans underway to invite bids for recycling projects in Kuwait
Kuwait intends to invite bids for the construction of waste and industrial recycling plants in addition to service facilities for these plants. The recycling projects are located in the Northern Shagaya area, where several industries and power facilities are being developed. The Public Authority for Industry will soon issue tenders for these projects, the service project includes construction, operation and maintenance services for recycling plants in the area. Kuwait has allocated an area of around two million square metres for recycling projects in Shagaya.
Bidding in progress to build oil industrial zone in Kuwait
OPEC producer Kuwait has approved plans to build its first major oil industrial zone and several companies are bidding for the project. The state-owned Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC), which manages the country's downstream industry, is supervising the project in the Southern Al-Ahmadi Governorate. KNPC had earlier set 19 September, 2023 as a bidding deadline before it decided last week to extend the date to 3 October, 2023. The zone is designed for oil and gas industries as part of Kuwait's economic diversification plans. The zone is expected to create 1,300 jobs and contribute nearly $4 billion to Kuwait's GDP. KNPC will pre-qualify bidders after the deadline.
Contract awarded for road repair & maintenance in Kuwait
The Ministry of Public Works revealed that the neutral technical committee to study the bids submitted by international road maintenance companies has approved awarding road maintenance in the Hawalli and Jahra governorates to an American company. The tender for the highways for the northern region will also be awarded to the same company, as it provided the lowest prices. The ministry will address the concerned authorities to obtain their approvals to sign the first three contracts, in preparation for the start of maintenance operations.
$46.5m contract awarded for the support service of gas gathering system in Kuwait
Combined Group Contracting (CGC) Co. has awarded the support services for the gas Gathering project. The Project was awarded by Kuwait Gulf Oil Company and Saudi Arabian Chevron Company. The value of the contract is KWD 14.38 million. As part of the contract, CGC will provide the support services for the gas Gathering project for a duration of 51 months.
$13.2mln contract awarded for construction of a mall in Kuwait
A Kuwaiti company has won a contract for the construction of a shopping mall near the capital Kuwait City. The contract's value is around four million Kuwaiti dinars ($13.2 million) and that the mall be built on an area of around 3,484 square metres. The project is located in Khaitan in Farwaneya neighbourhood in the capital and it has been awarded by the Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW). This project is part of the public-private partnership contract, the partnership is for 22 years, including two years for project completion and 20 years for management.
$65mln maintenance deal awarded for operation of chemical facilities in Kuwait
Kuwait's Heavy Engineering Industries and Ship-building Company (HEISCO) has been awarded a contract by state-owned Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) with a value of around 19.62 million Kuwaiti dinars ($65 million). The contract involves operation and maintenance of bulk chemical facilities, and operation of laboratories and effluent water disposal plants in company areas in South and East Kuwait. The Central Agency for Public Tenders approved the award of the contract at the request of KOC, which manages Kuwait's upstream oil industry.
$52mln contract awarded for power repair deal in Kuwait
A Kuwaiti company has been awarded a government contract for the repair of power boilers with a value of 15.8 million Kuwaiti dinars ($52 million). The Heavy Engineering Industries and Shipbuilding Co was awarded the contract by the Electricity and Water Ministry. The contract involves providing repair services for boilers and associated equipment at the Ministry's seaside Doha power station in the capital Kuwait City. The contract duration is for 48 months.
Plans underway to revive a stalled project in Kuwait
Kuwait is planning to revive a stalled project to build a heritage village in its capital Kuwait City comprising hotels, buildings and shops. The Kuwaiti cabinet has endorsed the project and instructed the Finance Ministry to coordinate with relevant departments to start construction. The project is located in Abdullah Al-Ahmed Street and comprises a five-star hotel, shopping areas, hotel villas and multi-purpose buildings. Phase one includes the infrastructure and multi-storey car parks, phase 2 comprises hotels and shopping areas besides several multi-storey buildings.
Lead design contract signed for a wellness resort in Kuwait
SSH, a key master planning, infrastructure, building design and construction supervision company in the region, has been signed up as the lead design and supervision consultant for SVN, a new luxury wellness resort in Kuwait. A major masterplanner in the region, SSH is taking care of the renovation of the indoor and outdoor areas of the chic luxury wellness project. Located on the Gulf Road in Kuwait, the bespoke luxury wellness resort aims to offer a premium leisure, community, and entertainment lifestyle. With a total built-up area of 13,277 sq m, SVN will provide first-class lifestyle for guests in addition to an exclusive leisure resort, spa, and dining features. The upscale design of the resort features a reception area, waiting lounges and circulation, a sports lounge, retail displays, lockers, two main indoor and outdoor restaurants, a fitness area, a tennis retail lounge, training zones, and a VIP area. The club flaunts a Boho chic design style, which creates a built environment focusing on people's experiences, promoting human interaction, and optimising effectiveness. Exhibiting a mix of patterns, metals, woods, and natural finishing materials, the design generally promotes human interaction and builds a socially sustainable space for people.
Oil maintenance contracts to be awarded soon in Kuwait
OPEC member Kuwait intends to award two oil maintenance contracts with a combined value of around $158 million. The Central Agency for Public Tenders (CAPT) approved the awarding of one project at the request of the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) but postponed a decision on the other contract. The awarded deal involves providing maintenance services for oil storage tanks managed by the Kuwait Oil Company with a value of around 13 million Kuwaiti dinars ($43 million). Also, KNPC requested the awarding of a contract for maintenance of control systems at Mina Abdullah Oil Refinery with a value of KWD34.86 million ($115 million) but that CAPT deferred a decision for further study of the project.
Deals signed to lease marine berths & storage areas in Kuwait
Kuwait Oil Company has reached an agreement with Kuwait Ports Authority to lease two marine berths in the Shuaiba Port, and storage areas in the land belonging to the Authority in the Shuaiba Industrial Area. The contract, which is renewable for a period of three years, stipulates KOC's lease of marine berths 4 and 20 in Shuaiba Port, and storage areas spanning 40,000 sq m for the logistics operations of the offshore drilling project in the Shuaiba Industrial Area that the company is working on. The importance of this site stems from the fact that Shuaiba Port is the only one that has the necessary means and infrastructure to start the logistical work of the offshore drilling project.
Letter awarded to provide maintenance service for production facilities in Kuwait
HOT Engineering And Construction Company (HOTECC) has received an award letter from Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) to provide maintenance services for its southern production facilities for a five-year period. This is the Kuwaiti firm's second KOC contract win this year. Last month it had received an official award letter for the construction of oil flowlines and associated works in the Northern part of the country. Under this contract, HOTECC will be providing its procurement and construction services to KOC for a period of three years. With this new contract, the total value of the managed portfolio of projects by the company now stands at $1 billion. A prominent oil and gas company, KOC specialises in exploration and development works and is a subsidiary of the state-owned holding company Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC).
Tenders issued for two refinery contracts in Kuwait
The Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has tendered two strategic contracts focused on the Mina Al-Ahmadi refinery, through which it plans to use smart ultrasound technology.
The first contracts is a project to inspect six submersible pipelines in the facility using highprecision smart scraping technology based on ultrasound technology. This technology uses ultrasonic sensors to detect and measure pipe corrosion, metal wear, cracks, scratches and pipe deformations. A meeting was held prior to the bid on August 3, 2023. It was decided that October 19, 2023 will be the deadline for submitting offers.
The second contract is related to consulting services for primary engineering and design work for the fuel gas desulfurization unit at the Mina Al-Ahmadi Refinery. The desulfurization units would extract and subtract sulfur dioxide from the exhaust flue gases present in industrial facilities such as oil refineries. Fossil fuels such as coal and oil can contain a large amount of sulfur. When these fuels are burned, 95 percent or more of the sulfur is generally converted to sulfur dioxide. The pre-bid meeting for the contract was held on August 2, 2023, and October 19, 2023 has been decided as the deadline for bid submissions.
Tenders to be issued soon for a port in Kuwait
Kuwait will soon issue new tenders for the completion of Mubarak Al-Kabeer Port which the OPEC member started two years ago as part of China's Belt and Road Initiative. After completing most work in the Port in Bubiyan Island, the Gulf Emirate is expected to partially commission the port in October, 2023. The new tenders are for projects involving the construction of main buildings, roads and a container yard, manufacture, supply and operation of equipment needed to operate the port, and deepening the canal linking the port with Khor Abdullah Port. The cabinet has asked the Finance Ministry to approve allocations for the new projects to complete phase 1 of the Port.
Proposals invited for hydrogen production unit at a refinery in Kuwait
4 companies are currently preparing to bid for a contract for a project to produce alternative raw materials for the hydrogen production unit at Al-Zour refinery. The deadline for soliciting bids was postponed from June 20, 2023 to September 24, 2023. The scope of the contract includes engineering, procurement and construction works, in addition to work that covers pre-operation, start-up and quality testing. It revealed that the companies are - Larsen & Toubro from India, the Chinese company Sinopec, and the local companies Gulf Spic General Trading and Contracting and Hisco. These companies attended the pre-tender meeting and purchased its documents. The estimated budget for the project amounts to $150 million, and it is expected that its completion will take 36 months.
$300 million contract awarded for a refinery maintenance in Kuwait
Heavy Engineering Industries & Shipbuilding Co. (HEISCO), Kuwait announced that it has received a letter of award for Mechanical Maintenance Services from Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC). The value of the contract is KWD 91.78 million. HEISCO will execute the Mechanical Maintenance Services at MAB Refinery Project. The Duration of the Project is 63 months.
$65 Million contract awarded for power grid project in Kuwait
Taihan, South Korea announced it has reaffirmed its competitive edge in the Middle East market by securing a major project in Kuwait. The contract for the EHV Power Grid Turnkey Project, commissioned by the Kuwait MEW(Ministry of Electricity and Water & Renewable Energy), was awarded to the company for $65 million. This significant undertaking involves the construction of an underground power grid connecting existing substations in Kuwait City, the country's capital. The project aims to respond to the city's increased power demand as smoothly as possible. It will be carried out in a turnkey manner, with Taihan responsible for all phases, including the supply of 300kV grade EHV cables and accessories, power grid design, installation, connection, and testing.
Development plan for 30 projects launched in Kuwait
The Ministry of Public Works has approved the launching of about 30 projects within its development plan for the current fiscal year - 2023/2024 - in various sectors like sanitary engineering, planning and major projects sectors in Kuwait, and the Government Center for Examinations and Quality Control; while it is in the process of approving projects in the rest of the sectors. A copy of the document detailing the projects was obtained, a number of which are vital; such as the study and preliminary design of the deep tunnel system, which aims to solve environmental problems resulting from directing sewage water into the sea in emergency cases, as well as dealing with floods and protecting communities since road users are at risk during torrential rains. The plan is to close the current sewage network and rainwater sewers that pour water into the sea, and then divert sewage water to a treatment plant that will be established for this purpose. Another project is the development, construction and operation of a treated water system in the southern part of the country to enhance food security by building the third treated water line from the Control Center to Wafra farms. This is in addition to studying and developing the existing Wafra station, as well as the irrigation network in Wafra farms. There is also a plan to study the development, construction, completion and maintenance of the treated water system in the northern region to increase agricultural production, strengthen food security and support the strategic stock of treated water to reduce imports. In the Major Projects Sector, the plan includes the launching of the fourth stage of the new Kuwait airport project, which is related to government buildings at Kuwait International Airport, along with linking automated and cybersecurity systems with the Airport Command Building. The project consists of the construction of civil aviation buildings as follows: the Command and Control Center, Eastern Data Center, Western Data Center, Communications Center, and buildings of the Health and Interior ministries. Following are the most important projects:
- Study and design of the deep tunnel system
- Operation and maintenance of pumping stations in Abdally farms
- Maintenance and operation of the Governmental Center for Testing and Quality Control
- Establishment and operation of a network of treated water tanks throughout the country
- Fourth stage of the Kuwait International Airport project.
Water facilities upgradation project to be implemented soon in Kuwait
Heavy Engineering Industries & Shipbuilding Co. (HEISCO), Kuwait has received a letter of award from Kuwait Oil Company (KOC). The value of the Project is KWD 18.38 million (USD 59.8 million). The scope of work is related to water facilities upgradation at Kuwait Oil Company's project locations.
Proposals invited for airport operation and maintenance contract in Kuwait
Six foreign companies are competing for a contract involving the operation and maintenance of Kuwait's international airport. The companies are TAV of Turkey, GMR of India, Germany's Fraport and Munich companies, Dublin of Ireland and Incheon of South Korea. The Central Agency for Public Tenders, Kuwait's top tendering body, would soon issue the tender for the contract and that the six firms have been pre-qualified. The contract includes airport operation, improvement of services, staff training, development of T2 Terminal, and maintenance of the airport and adjoining facilities.
Plans approved to build data centers in Kuwait
Kuwait has approved a project to build three Google database and Cloud service centres in various locations of the Gulf state following an agreement with the US multinational technology company. A land with a total area of 90,000 square metres has been allocated in three areas for the project, which will be launched within two years. The three sites are within 10 km from each other and have been designated in coordination with Google. The project will be launched within two years. It includes the construction of the infrastructure for the three centres and new roads linking those sites with each other and with key roads in Kuwait.
EPC contract award is expected for power transformer project in Kuwait
The Kuwait Ministry of Electricity & Water & Renewable Energy (MEW) is expected to award the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for its 300 MVA power transformer project at Sulaibiya station (W) in Al Jahra Governorate in the third quarter of 2023. The bid submission for the EPC contract is currently underway, with the deadline scheduled for 11 July 2023. The tender was issued on 28 May 2023, and a pre-tender meeting has been scheduled for 13 June 2023. The scope of work for the project includes the design, engineering, materials procurement, quality management, factory inspection/testing, transport and delivery to site, installation, construction, site inspection, testing and commissioning, and all associated work and services related to the 300 MVA power transformer at the power station. Additionally, the scope encompasses the supply and installation of HV/MV Power Cables and Terminations, AC/DC Auxiliary Power Supply, Control/Protection System, Communication System, Air Conditioning System, Fire Detection/Alarm and Safety and Fire Protection System, Civil/Structural works and Mechanical works. The project, estimated to cost $85 million, is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2025.
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.