Kuwait University (KU) has received bids from 13 consortiums for the contract to build the College of Engineering and Petroleum (Coep), which will be located at the new $3bn Sabah al-Salem campus.

A consortium of Malaysia’s Pembinaan and the local Al-Sager General Trading & Contracting was the low bidder with a price of KD136.4m ($472.6m).

This was 4 per cent lower than the KD142.1m submitted by the second lowest bidder, a partnership of China Metallurgical Construction Corporation and the local Khalid Ali al-Kharafi & Brothers.

UAE-based Arabtec Construction and the local Combined Group Contracting Company submitted the third lowest bid with a price of KD154.9m.

Designed by the local Gulf Consult and US-based Cambridge Seven Associates, the new facility will include eight engineering departments, as well as the university’s department of architecture.

Malaysia’s Pembinaan and the local Al-Sager General Trading & Contracting was the low bidder

Scheduled for completion in 2014, the college will be divided into two buildings – one for male students, the other for female students.

The two buildings will contain separate laboratories, lecture halls, auditoriums, conference rooms, exhibition space, prayer rooms and faculty offices, while sharing a central library.

The contract was the first tender issued on the Sabah al-Salem campus, which will be located at Shadadiyah, 20km west of Kuwait City.

When completed, the integrated campus will comprise more than 25 faculty buildings. It will include a 600-bed hospital, car parks with space for more than 32,000 vehicles, dormitories, sports facilities and auditoriums.

Kuwait University is also currently tendering a contract to build a faculty of arts and a faculty of education at the new campus. The university has prequalified 26 consortiums for the project and has set a submission date of 12 September (MEED 11:7:10).