Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is inviting contractors to prequalify by 13 January for the construction of package three at Kuwait International airport.

Package three includes building a new 4.5-kilometre runway, the reconstruction and extension of the existing eastern runway to 4km and primary and secondary access roads and taxiways, says a source at the DGCA.

Package three was initially due to be tendered at the end of September.

When the runway package was first tendered in 2009, Australia’s Gulf Leighton together with local Alghanim International General Trading & Contracting Company was the low bidder. The $485m tender was subsequently cancelled in July and restructured (MEED 1:7:10).

The development of Kuwait airport consists of three major packages. Package one comprises the upgrade of the existing two runways, including taxiways, aprons and access roads.

The DGCA expects packages one and three to be completed by 2014.

Package two, which involves the construction of an administration building, car parks and two fire stations was awarded to the local Mohammed Abdulmohsin al-Kharafi & Sons General Trading & Contracting Company in April.

The planned $747m terminal is a separate project. The UK-based Foster and Partners is preparing the design of the terminal, which will have capacity for 13 million passengers a year, bringing the airport’s total capacity to almost 20 million passengers a year when it opens in 2016.

Prequalified firms

  • TAV (Turkey)
  • Consolidated Contractors Company (Athens-based)
  • Hanjin Heavy Industries (South Korea)
  • Bouygues Batiment International (France)
  • SNC-Lavalin UK (Canada)
  • Al-Naboodah Contracting (UAE)
  • Yuksel Insaat/Mak-Yol (Turkey)
  • Gulf Leighton (Australia)
  • Arab Contractors (Osman Ahmad Osman & Company) (Egypt)

Source: MEED