The client is understood to have taken the decision to retender the five-year contract after receiving just two offers for the original tender late last year.

Of the two bids, only one – submitted by a UK/local team of Mott MacDonaldand Gulf Consult– complied with the tender conditions.

A US group of Wilbur Smith & Associateswith Hill International was the other bidder (MEED 17:12:04).

The estimated KD 80 million-90 million ($276 million-310 million) KASP covers eight packages, including the installation of control systems, a meteorology centre and a command centre.

The other major components of the scheme are the supply and installation of a new MSSR approach radar system, an airport data integration network and a low-level alert system. Germany’s Lahmeyer Internationalcarried out a study on the scheme (MEED 8:2:02).

The upgrade is necessary if Kuwait is to go ahead with plans to increase its airspace capacity. In late June, a team of Germany’s Dorsch Consultand the local Salem al-Marzouk & Sabah Abi-Hanna (SSH)signed a contract to update a masterplan and feasibility study for the upgrade and expansion of Kuwait International Airport (MEED 25:6:04).