Kuwait’s new airport expansion looks bleak

Overview of Kuwait City
Overview of Kuwait City

A committee in Kuwait’s public works ministry has recommended that all bids to build a new terminal at the country’s international airport be rejected, as reported by KUNA.

In November last year, the tender committee for the project said a consortium of Kuwait’s Kharafi National and Turkey’s Limak Holding had submitted the lowest bid for the contract, worth US$4.78 billion.

However, Kuwait’s minister for electricity, water and public works, Abdulaziz al-Ibrahim, was quoted in KUNA mentioning that a technical committee in the ministry had recommended all bids be rejected. Ibrahim did not give a reason for the recommendation, but said the committee had studied all aspects of the bidding.

Until very recently, a quoted ministry sources stated that the lowest bid exceeded the estimated cost of the project by 39%, and did not meet technical specifications.

Kuwait has planned tens of billions of dollars worth of infrastructure projects in the last several years but has struggled to implement many of them because of bureaucratic delays, political tensions, and allegations of corruption and inefficiency.

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