Kuwait to award 13 transport project contracts 'soon'

Government contracts for the construction of roads and highways are close to being agreed

Kuwait's national development strategy calls for the modernisation of the country's roads [representational image].
Kuwait's national development strategy calls for the modernisation of the country's roads [representational image].

Kuwait's Public Authority for Roads & Transportation (Part) plans to award up to 13 contracts for road-related projects across the country.

The public authority, created by Kuwait's government in 2014 to supervise and maintain public transport, said the contracts would be awarded soon and said it was close to obtaining the final signatures that it needs to complete the agreements.

A date or timeframe has not been disclosed, but Eng. Ahmed Al-Hassan, director-general of Part, said the 13 transport projects would be “awarded soon” in a statement reported by Kuwait's state-run news agency.

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Al-Hassan did not identify the companies close to winning government road contracts, but last month, Chris Seymour, managing director of Mott MacDonald, told Construction Week that the engineering consultancy had won a contract to work on the Kuwait Ring Road project.

An extension of the Seventh Ring Road Project, which entails building 93km of highways, will be among the 13 contracts awarded by Part. 

Other projects include an extension of Salmi highway, and the construction of a northern regional road from Al Mutla'a, in conjunction to finishing works for Phases 2 and 3 of the South Surra Road Upgrade package, which includes the construction of roads, bridges, and sewage systems. 

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More road-related project contracts are awaiting approval before they can commence, the authority said. These include the Fahaheel Road Expressway, Damascus Road, Fourth Ring Road, and intersections on King Fahad Highway. 

Further projects that require approval before moving ahead include the last phase of the First Ring Road package. 

Government-backed plans to improve public transport services comes amid a social and economic plan to, among other things, modernise national infrastructure, called New Kuwait. The strategy aims to make Kuwait among the top 35 countries in the world within the next two decades through a series of long-term goals and objectives for national development. 

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