Kuwait's second international airport contract may be re-tendered, it is reported.
According to a report in a Kuwaiti Arabic-language newspaper, translated by Zawya.com, the multi-billion dollar work package may this time exclude expensive infrastructure works.
The report said a committee, formed by the public works ministry to oversee the project, had shortlisted three options for what to do next, one of which was re-tendering the already much-delayed project.
Recommendations are due by January 10.
“This option involves new terms, including dividing the project into separate packages for private sector contractors and leaving the execution of the infrastructure and other major construction works to the government, given their high costs,” said the report, which did not indicate what the other two options are or explain the reasoning behind the re-tender.
In November, the project was set to go ahead following a bid by Kuwait's largest contractor, Kharifa National, the lowest of all those submitted.
The team led by Kharifa National, and containing Limak Holdings of Turkey, had offered to do the work for $4.8 billion, almost $1 billion lower than the second lowest bid.
China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC), Abu Dhabi-based Arabtec Construction and Italy’s Astaldi SpA were also on the bidders list.
The new terminal will boost Kuwait airport’s annual handling capacity from eight million to 25 million.