Kuwait’s Public Works Ministry (MPW) is preparing to tender a road project that will link Kuwait City with the passenger terminal under construction at the Kuwait International Airport.

Japan-based Oriental Consultants is understood to have completed the design of the project, with a tender expected to be released in the first quarter of 2017, according a source familiar with the project.

The new road will extend from the 2nd Ring Road to the southern part of Terminal 2, which is currently under construction.

The $4.3bn Terminal 2 is expected to be completed in 2022. The project is being executed by a team of Turkey’s Limak Construction and local Kharafi National, which won the contract in mid 2016.

A separate contract for the construction of a new runway and the upgrade of an existing runway and other related facilities is awaiting final approval before it is awarded to the low bidder, which comprises a team of China’s Avic International and local Al-Dar Engineering & Construction (HOT). The team offered $497.2m for the contract.

Kuwait awarded close to $4bn-worth of road projects in 2016, according to data from regional projects tracker MEED Projects. This value is the highest ever awarded in Kuwait over a 10-year period.

The $955m contract for the infrastructure of the South Al-Mutlaa City was the largest road contract awarded in Kuwait in 2016. Other contracts include the northern regional road from 6th Ring Road to Intersection 82, the 6.5 Ring Road, and the upgrade and rehabilitation of the Shaikh Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah Road.