The Central Tenders Committee (CTC) announced that 54 tenders, worth around KD754 million, were approved in the second quarter of 2016.
Making this announcement, the Deputy Chairman of CTC, Faisal Al-Mezyen said that during the second quarter of 2016, tenders totaling nearly a billion dinars had come up for approval by the committee. He clarified by stating that in the review period, nine tenders from the oil sector valued at KD65.4 million and 45 tenders from government departments valued at over KD688 million were approved.
He noted that the Public Authority for Housing topped the list of government bodies with the highest approved single tender of KD288 million. This was followed by the Ministry of Public Works with four tenders valued at KD 242 million and the Amiri Diwan with one tender worth KD49 million .
On the oil sector side, the lion’s share of approved tenders went to Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), which garnered five tenders worth KD64.4 million, followed by Kuwait Petroleum Corporation (KPC) which won four tenders worth KD one million.
The Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW), which received approval for a tender worth KD288, has signed contracts for the construction of South Al-Mutlaa City, a new urban residential development coming up to the northwest of Kuwait City. Contract for the housing project has been awarded to a consortium headed by Italy's Salini Impregilo and Turkey’s Kolin Group.
Spread over an area of 9,000 hectares and comprising 12 suburbs with nearly 30,000 residential units, the mega-project will be located to the south of Mutlaa Ridge, 40km northwest of the capital and 15km north of Al-Jahra City. The project is planned to accommodate over 400,000 residents and will feature156 schools, 179 mosques, 48 mini-markets, 12 public health centers and three specialized clinics, as well as 12 police stations and close to 100 parks.
Elaborating on the project, the Minister of State for Housing Affairs, Yasser Hassan Abul said: "Though big, the project to develop the infrastructure of the city is expected to be implemented in a record time thanks to the long experiences of Salini and Kolin and the cooperation by PAHW."
The scope of work includes construction of 150km of roads and related structures and numerous art works, lighting infrastructure, water distribution, rain-water gathering and sewage systems, and other civil works necessary for the distribution of electricity, installation of telecommunications networks and traffic control.
A separate five-year contract, worth around KD24 million was also inked with Hill International for management of the entire project. The government’s 2035 economic vision comprises five separate five-year plans that aim to wean the country off its dependence on oil and transform it into a diversified commercial and financial hub for the region.
As part of this vision, the government has set aside in its current five-year plan (2015-2020) around KD35 billion for a broad range of projects, including 45,000 residential units, a metro and railway system and a new refinery.
Kuwait’s Metro Rail project with an investment of nearly KD2 billion is expected to be completed by 2020, while the country’s section of a pan-Gulf rail-road network is also planned for completion during the 2015-2020 plan period.