Hyundai may win O&M contract for Kuwait's Sheikh Jaber Causeway
The five-year contract that Kuwait's Capt may award has an annual value of $30m and covers multiple maintenance works
Kuwait’s Central Agency for Public Tenders (Capt) is mulling the award of an operations and maintenance (O&M) contract for the 48.5km-long Sheikh Jaber causeway – inaugurated by HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in May 2019 – to South Korean construction giant Hyundai Engineering and Construction, which also worked as contractor on the project alongside Kuwait’s Combined Group Contracting under a $2.6bn (KWD790m) deal.
According to Kuwait’s Ministry of Public Works, the five-year O&M contract – which will be finalised by Kuwait's Audit Bureau, Fatwa and Legislation Department, and National Assembly – has an annual value of $29-30m (KWD9-10m).
Kuwait's state news agency, Kuna, revealed that the contract included the provision of maritime dredging works, and the implementation of regular examination of all construction materials used on the causeway, which connects Kuwait City with Subiyah New Town.
Additionally, the O&M contract includes the maintenance of sewage and rainwater networks, buildings, power installations, and air-conditioning units; cleaning; and beautification works, such as planting trees.
Regular study of the marine environment and the causeway's effects on sea creatures will also be carried out as part of the contract.
The ministry stated that the project would also create jobs for Kuwaiti citizens, adding that will be involved in the finalisation of the contract.