State-upstream operator, Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has invited nine firms to bid by 28 February for a contract to project manage the environmental remediation of its oil fields across the country.

Bids are due to be submitted on 28 February.

The prequalified firms are:

  • Aecom Technical Services (US)
  • Amec (UK)
  • Buro Happold (UK)
  • CH2M Hill (US)
  • Ecology & Environment (US)
  • PIKA International (US)
  • Science Applications International Corporation (US)
  • SMEC International (Australia)
  • WorleyParsons (Australia)

The scope of work includes the survey of contaminated areas, dividing them into individual project packages. The winning firm will draw up a nine-year project plan combining the individual projects up to 2020 determining costs and man-hour estimates. The programme will be funded by the UN Compensation Commission, which was established at the end of the first Gulf War.

The plan will also include the preparation of an explosive ordnance detection strategy as well as preparing technical specifications for tenders to enable detailed design and procurement.

Most of the damage from Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait occurred during the Iraqi army’s retreat with the burning and gushing of more than 800 oil wells. The oil formed lakes of various sizes and has contaminated freshwater aquifers in the north of Kuwait. Several million barrels of crude oil were also released into the Gulf during the conflict.

Kuwait established the National Focal Point (NFP) in June 2006 with the responsibility of planning and supervising the Kuwait Environmental Remediation Programme. KOC is a stake holder in this.

Spanish firm, Hera submitted the lowest bid at $151m for three smaller oil field clean up deals for KOC in August last year.