ALAMIAH shoots lowest for special forces camp

17 February 2006

The local ALAMIAH Building Company is low bidder at KD 57.8 million ($199 million) for the contract to build and maintain a special security forces camp next to the fifth ring-road, following the opening of bids in early February. The client, the Ministry of Public Works, acting on behalf of the Defence Ministry, is expected to make an award by the end of the second quarter.

ALAMIAH's bid was just over 3 per cent lower than the next best offer of KD 59.6 million ($206 million) submitted by the local United Gulf Construction Company (UGCC). Arab Contractors, also local, is ranked third on price at KD 61 million ($210 million). Five other prequalified companies submitted bids.

The scope of works covers the construction of a military base with barracks capable of housing up to 6,000 special forces personnel. It also includes dining facilities, sanitation and power works, guard towers and a perimeter fence, special security systems and conference facilities. Construction will take about 30 months. A team of Beirut-based Dar al-Handasah (Shair & Partners) and Kuwait Engineering Group is the design consultant (MEED 13:1:06).

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