Kuwait’s Public Works Ministry has awarded a KD39.4m ($135.3m) contract to the local Combined Group Contracting Company (CGC) to build intersections on the sixth ring-road serving the Jahra residential area, which is located about 30 kilometres northwest of Kuwait City.

The scope of the work involves the construction and maintenance of intersections on the sixth ring-road leading to the new residential areas.

The Combined Group, which was the second lowest bidder, was officially awarded the contract at Kuwait’s Central Tenders Committee (CTC) meeting on 19 May.

The CTC had originally approved the award of the contract to the local Mohammed Abdulmohsin al-Kharafi & Sons, who had submitted the low bid of KD31m (MEED 29:3:09).

CTC approval is the final step before a formal contract award is made. It is unclear why the contract was not officially awarded to Kharafi.

The other bidder was the United Gulf Construction Company (UGCC) with a bid of KD43m.

Combined Group was also recently awarded a KD29.49m ($102m) contract to expand laboratories at Kuwait University’s Shuwaikh campus university.

The contract was tendered by the Public Authority for Applied Education & Training (PAAET) and covers the construction, completion, operation and maintenance of laboratories, workshops and associated infrastructure for students and faculty of the university’s technology course (MEED 25:3:10).

The project involves the construction of three buildings: one for women, one for men and a central building that will contain additional laboratories and a library (MEED 22:4:10).