The estimated KD 80 million-90 million ($276 million-310 million) KASP is aimed at rebuilding the existing system and bringing it up to international standards. The masterplan covers eight packages, including the installation of control systems, an approach radar system, a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, a meteorology centre and a command centre. Germany’s Lahmeyer Internationalcarried out a study on the scheme (MEED 8:2:02).

Stanley beat off competition from two other bidding groups – the UK’s Mott MacDonald, with the London office of Australia’s PCR and the local Gulf Consult; and the US’ Wilbur Smith Associates, with Hill International, also of the US, and Sydney-based PCR Australasia.

The masterplan contract has been tendered three times. It was cancelled on the last occasion in February, after only one bid – submitted by Mott MacDonald with Gulf Consult – complied with the terms of the tender (MEED 18:2:05).