US-based Hill International has confirmed it has received a contract award from Kuwait’s Public Authority for Housing Welfare (PAHW) to provide programme management consultancy services during the development of South Al-Mutlaa City in the Jahra governorate.

The initial five-year contract has an estimated value to Hill of about KD23.8m ($78.7m).

South Al-Mutlaa City is a new Kuwaiti city development on a site of 104 square kilometres located west of the capital Kuwait City. Once completed, the development is expected to house a population of 400,000.

Other contract awards on the project are expected soon. PAHW expects to award a $957m highway infrastructure package for South Al-Mutlaa City in June, said Naser Khraibut, director of planning at PAHW, speaking at the MEED Construction Leadership Summit in Dubai on 25 May.

A team of Italy’s Salini and Turkey’s Limak will sign the deal shortly.

PAHW expects to tender 50 or 60 contracts to implement the construction of the $20bn development in the next year.

The authority will begin prequalification for residential infrastructure on phases 2, 3 and 4 of South Al-Mutlaa City shortly. Each package will be worth $1bn-$2bn.

Developers are also being sought to develop residential, commercial and industrial zones in the new city.