Kuwait’s Central Tenders Committee (CTC) has approved the award of a KD27.8m ($100.3m) contract to the local Mushrif Trading & Contracting to build and maintain sanitary drainage lines for the Jahra road, west of Kuwait City.

CTC approval is the final step before a formal contract award is made. The client for the project is the Public Works Ministry.

Mushrif, the second lowest bidder, saw off competition from seven other contractors to win the deal. The winning contractor’s bid was 29 per cent higher than the low price of KD19.8m, submitted by the local Green Line General Trading & Contracting Company.

The work will involve building and maintaining the main sanitary drainage lines from the UN roundabout to the Kazema camp crossroads on the Jahra road.

The project is one of 550 new projects the Public Works Ministry plans to develop over the next four years. The ministry is planning to spend $11.5bn in this period to develop the country’s infrastructure.

One of the largest infrastructure projects that the ministry is undertaking is the Subiya causeway.

In February, the CTC approved the award of a KD738.8m ($2.6bn) contract to the consortium of South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction Company and the local Combined Group Contracting Company (CGC) to build the causeway.

The Hyundai-led consortium will execute the project on a design-and-build basis, using a preliminary design prepared by Danish consultant Cowi. It will be 37.5 kilometres long and incorporate a bridge spanning 150-200 metres.The causeway will cross Kuwait Bay, linking Kuwait City with the Subiya promontory and Bubiyan Island, where various major projects are proposed (MEED 24:2:11).