Three other international contractors – Paris-based Alstom, the US’ GE Power, and Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries – did not submit an offer. The client is the Energy Ministry (Electricity & Water).

Two other recent Energy Ministry projects also failed to receive more than one offer. South Korea’s Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction was the sole bidder for both the Doha East distiller upgrade and Shuwaikh desalination plant schemes. Kuwait has long found it hard to attract international EPC contractors to its power, water and hydrocarbons sectors. Many companies complain of vague tender documents, unfair apportioning of project risk and the perceived dominance of certain contractors in the market, all of which make companies think bidding is not worthwhile (MEED 25:11:05).