Kuwait’s Partnerships Technical Bureau (PTB) has invited companies to submit proposals for the contract to provide transaction advisory services for the Kabd municipal solid waste project.

Companies have until 6 December to submit proposals for transaction advisory services deal. The project will be procured through the build-operate-transfer (BOT) procurement model.

The proposed Kabd facility will cover a total area of about 500,000 square metres and will be located about 25km from Kuwait City. The project will provide a treatment facility for municipal solid waste produced in the Kabd area. The proposed facility would treat up to 50 per cent of Kuwait’s municipal waste and will include a sorting facility, a waste-to-energy plant and a sanitary landfill.

The transaction advisory contract will involve reviewing, updating and finalising the feasibility study for the project and include a waste composition characterisation study. The adviser will also be in charge of reviewing, updating and finalising tender documents and providing assistance in all procurement procedures until the financial close of the project.

The wastewater treatment plant is one of several public-private partnership (PPP) schemes that the PTB is planning to upgrade and expand Kuwait’s infrastructure. The PTB, set up under decree in 2008, will oversee more than 30 major projects involving a total investment of at least $20bn.

Another major PPP waste project is the Umm al-Hayman (UAH) wastewater project, which will expand and rehabilitate the sewerage system in the Kuwait Southern Area. The project will involve designing and building several wastewater components. The main plant will have an initial capacity of 500,000 cubic metres a day, which will be increased to 700,000 cubic metres a day by 2020.

The PTB recently prequalified six groups to bid for the Umm al-Hayman project. The initial phase of the plant is scheduled to be operational by 2015.