The Ministry of Public Works (MPW) has invited 15 local grade 1 contractors to bid by 20 September for the contract to upgrade and build the first two phases of the 72-kilometre-long Jahra-Subiya expressway. An award is expected by the end of the year. Construction will take about two years.
The estimated $200 million project will be built in three phases. The first package covers the construction of the first 22 kilometres from Jahra, while the second phase involves a further 23 kilometres. The tender for the third and largest package, a 27-kilometre-long section with two spurs to the Iraqi border and Bubiyan island, is expected in the autumn. The local Pan Arab Consulting Engineers (PACE)is the design consultant. The scheme is aimed at greatly reducing journey times to the planned new city at Subiya and the new port on Bubiyan. MPW is still evaluating prequalification applications for the 36-kilometre-long Subiya causeway, which will further reduce travel time across Kuwait bay.