Kuwait’s Central Tenders Committee has approved the award of a KD45m ($157m) contract to the local KGL Ports International for a contract to manufacture, supply, operate and maintain cranes at Shuwaikh Port in Kuwait City.

The committee’s approval is the final step before the state will formally award a contract.

Kuwait Ports Authority is the operator at Shuwaikh Port, the largest port serving Kuwait City. It is west of the capital in Kuwait Bay (MEED 23:9:09).

Kuwait is also developing a port on Bubiyan Island, north of Kuwait City. The Public Works Ministry is overseeing the Bubiyan project.

The project involves the construction of a container terminal, four berths and a 1,300-metre-long quay wall.

Contractors are bidding for a design-and-build contract covering the construction of the container terminal, berths and quay wall, plus port buildings and utilities, digging and soil improvement works, and site levelling.

The ministry is also preparing a tender for dredging works at the port. The two tenders show that work on the project is about to accelerate after three years of slow progress.