Kuwait’s Health Ministry has once again extended the tender closing date for the KD110m ($385m) contract to build an annex to Al-Sabah hospital in Kuwait.

MEED had earlier reported that the deadline for submitting bids for the project had been delayed to 29 September, but this has now been extended to 12 November, according to Kuwait’s Central Tender’s Committee website.

The package includes the construction, equipment, and maintenance of a 600-bed medical tower as part of an extension to the existing Al-Sabah hospital. The contractor will need to build operating rooms, a radiology centre, a helipad and associated facilities. A total of 24 firms have been prequalified to bid on the project.

The project is part of a plan to expand nine hospitals in Kuwait to improve the provision of public health services in the country. The expansions will add 5,000 beds to the current capacity of the state’s hospitals.

As part of the plan, the ministry is seeking bids for a contract worth an estimated $1bn for the expansion of Farwaniya hospital. The project involves building a new 955-bed annex that will offer 30 emergency rooms and 27 operating rooms. Tenders must be submitted by 12 November.

Last week, the ministry issued a tender for a contract worth an estimated $700m for the expansion of Al-Adan hospital. The project involves building a new 637-bed annex for women and childbirth, a new surgical building that will offer 21 operating rooms, and a new wing for medical and physical therapy. Bids must be submitted by 16 October.

In August, the local Burhan International Construction Company submitted the low bid of $1.27bn for the contract to expand the Jahra Hospital. Local Bayan National Trading Company had the second-lowest bid of $1.38bn. The package includes the construction, furnishing and operational maintenance of a 1,157-bed hospital adjacent to the existing Jahra hospital in the Jahra governorate of Kuwait.

Earlier in September, the ministry extended the closing date to 29 September for bids for the contract to build an annex to Al-Sabah hospital.

In June, a joint venture of Metallurgical Corporation of China and the local Al-Tawbad General Trading and Contracting Company submitted a low bid of $184m for a contract to expand the Infectious Diseases Hospital in the Al-Asimah governorate in Kuwait.