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Kuwait to build 80 road projects worth $26m

Up to 80 road projects, worth $26m, will be implemented in Kuwait in the coming years, Ahmed Al-Hesan said

Kuwait will reportedly build 80 road projects in the coming years [representational image].
Kuwait will reportedly build 80 road projects in the coming years [representational image].

Kuwait's budget for road projects is valued at $26m (KWD8bn), according to a government official.

The director general of the roads authority and land transports, Ahmad Al-Hesan, said up to 80 projects will be implemented in Kuwait using the funds, in order to facilitate traffic in coming years.

READ: Gulf post-tensioning firms eye Kuwait construction market for 2018 growth

Additionally, the authority expects a budget of $1.6bn (KWD500m) for next year, in addition to $42m (KWD13m) "earmarked for miscellaneous expenditures". 

Eight of these developments have already been finalised, Al-Hsan said. 

The official estimated that infrastructure funds worth $5.2bn (KWD1.6bn) had been spent in Kuwait "over the past years", according to the country's state news agency, KUNA.

Road development is one of the sectors driving construction activity in Kuwait.

Earlier this month, Stephen Burke, general manager of VSL, said road projects were encouraging investment in post-tensioning schemes.

"Kuwait has got the budget for these post-tensioning projects and they need to invest now in the infrastructure, such as the new causeway," he said.

"The population seems to be growing; they’re investing in a new airport. There seems to be a new vision for Kuwait to turn the country into a trading hub." 

 

 

 

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