• Chinese and Turkish companies dominate prequalified list
  • Siemens was one of three companies that were disqualified from bidding process

Kuwait’s General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has prequalified 15 joint ventures for the passenger support building at the Kuwait International airport.

The prequalification for the support building follows less than one week after the award of the $3.4bn main terminal project to a joint venture or Turkey’s Limak and local contractor Kharafi National. Both firms, which formed a joint venture with other partners, are prequalified for the auxilliary building project

The prequalified firms, comprising mostly joint ventures of international and local firms, are:

  • China Communications Construction Company (China) / Kharafi National (Kuwait)
  • Limak (Turkey) / Mohd Abdul Mohsen al-Kharafi & Sons (Kuwait)
  • TAV(Turkey) / Bader al-Mulla & Bros (Kuwait)
  •  Larsen & Toubro (India) / Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) (Athens-based) (Kuwait branch)
  • Avic International Holding Corporation (China)/Al-Dar Engineering & Construction (Kuwait)
  • Daewoo(South Korea) / Alghanim International (Kuwait)
  • Obermeyer (Germany) / Kuwait Arab Contractors (Kuwait)
  • Metallurgical Corporation of China (China) / Khaled Ali Al-Kharafi & Bros Construction Contracting Company (Kuwait)
  • Sacyr+Tomaso de Oliviera (Portugal) / KCC Engineering & Contracting (Kuwait)
  • China State Construction Engineering (China) / Bayan National Construction Contracting Company (Kuwait)
  • Synohydro (China) / Al-Hani Construction & Trading Company (Kuwait)
  • Wehai International and Economic Technical Corporation (China) / Engineering Specialities Building General Contracting Company (Kuwait)
  • Cengiz Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticareta (Turkey) / Kuwait First General Trading & Contracting (Kuwait)
  • Corsan Corviam Construction + Isolux + Kolin (Turkey) / Al-Toubad General Trading & Contracting Company
  • Losberger RDS (France) / New EmiratesTrading & Contracting Company (Kuwait)

Three joint ventures were disqualified from the bidding process due to failure to obtain the minimum prequalification points and completing the required forms. The firms, which have two weeks to appeal their disqualification from 23 August, are:

  • China Railway 21 Bureau Group (China) / Kuwait Company for Process Plant & Contracting (Kuwait)
  • Siemens (Germany) / Combined Projects Contracting (Kuwait)
  • AT TCOM Construction (Netherlands) / Canar (Kuwait)

Kuwait has allocated $6bn for the overhaul of Kuwait International airport. The new terminal contract awarded to Limak and Kharafi is the largest component of the expansion project. Other projects either being studied or prequalified include a package consisting of runways and parallel taxiways, another for infrastructure utilities and phase 1 of a planned cargo city within the airport.

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