The deadline to submit technical and commercial proposals for the main construction contract of Kuwait University’s College of Engineering & Petroleum (COEP) has been extended to 8 August.  

The bid deadline has been extended by one week from the previous submission date of 1 August. This is the fourth time that the submission date has been extended.

The original submission date was 9 May. It is understood that the deadline has been extended to allow contractors more time to prepare bids. The contract was the first tender issued on the $3bn Sabah al-Salem University campus (MEED 20:5:10).  

Designed by the local Gulf Consult and US-based Cambridge Seven Associates, the new facility will include eight engineering departments, as well as the university’s department of architecture.

At least nine contracting groups have prequalified. They include:

  • Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company (South Korea) and Copri Construction Projects (local)
  • Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) (Athens-based)
  • SNC Lavalin (Canada) and Alamiah Building Company (local)
  • Bouygues Batiment International (France) and Al-Ahmadiah Contracting & Trading Company (local)
  • Arab Contractors (Egypt) and Kuwait Arab Contractors Company (local)
  • Construction China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC) (China) and Mohammed Abdulmohsin al-Kharafi &  Sons General Trading & Contracting (local)
  • China State Construction Engineering Corporation (China) and Kharafi Construction Company (local)
  • Posco Engineering & Construction (South Korea) and Sayed Hamid Behbehani & Sons (SHBC) (local)
  • Sinohydro Corporation (China) and Al-Hani Construction & Trading (local)

Scheduled for completion in 2014, the college will be divided into two buildings – one for male students, the other for female students.

The two buildings will contain separate laboratories, lecture halls, auditoriums, conference rooms, exhibition space, prayer rooms and faculty offices, while sharing a central library.