Kuwait’s Central Tenders Committee (CTC) has approved the award of four infrastructure contracts worth a total of KD121.9m ($433m).

The largest contract approved is the KD34.9m contract for the construction of roads and intersections on the western part of the Jamal Abdul Naser Street in Kuwait city. The local Al-Ahmadiah Contracting & Trading Company was selected to carry out the work.

The second largest contract approval was the KD34.4m bid from the local Kuwait Company for Process Plant Construction & Contracting (KCPC) to build the roads, bridges and rainwater drainage systems for the Second Ring Road and Damascus Street.

The CTC also approved the award of a KD28.9m contract to the local Mushrif Trading & Contracting for the construction of roads and intersections on expressways for the service of the Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmed town.

The local Alghanim International had its KD23.7m bid to build roads, bridges and rainwater drainage for the third ring road approved.

Kuwait has a number of major road schemes planned as it seeks to upgrade and expand its transport infrastructure. In February, the assistant undersecretary of the Public Works Ministry for Roads, Saud al-Naqi, said that KD4bn ($14bn) had been allocated to implement 88 road projects over the next five years. These will include some major highway projects.

In June, the Public Works Ministry prequalified about 30 international contractors to bid for upcoming major road projects in the country.

In addition to traditional road schemes, the ministry will oversee the construction of a couple of planned major causeway projects in the next few years. One of these is the estimated $1bn Doha Link bridge, which will link Shuwaikh to the port village of Doha in the Jahra region of Kuwait.

Prequalified consortiums have until 27 November to submit bids for the tender. The proposed Doha Link bridge will be about 16km long and will link up with the planned Subiya Causeway project. The bridge will contain three traffic lanes and an emergency lane in each direction.