State upstream operator, Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has tendered a new contract to build landfill facilities for contaminated soil in the southeast and north of the country.

More than 60 local engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firms have been prequalified to bid for the deal by 22 January 2013.

A pre-tender meeting will be held with potential bidders on 17 December.  

The tender is part of Kuwait’s efforts to rehabilitate oil fields damaged by the Iraqi invasion in 1991.

Three major contracts were awarded in February 2012 for the environmental remediation of oil fields across Kuwait. The deals, worth a total of $163.7m went to South Korea’s GS Engineering & Construction, Spain’s Hera and India’s Teri.

The UK’s Amec is the project manager for the scheme and is drawing up a nine-year project plan, including the preparation of an explosive ordnance detection strategy and technical specifications for tenders to enable detailed design and procurement.