Kuwait Road Projects Snapshot 2009

Overview

Kuwait has a highly maintained roads and transportation system that has been developing rapidly over the years. The first Kuwait Master plan (1KMP) was developed in 1952 by the British firm Minoprio, Spencely and Macfarlane which laid the foundation for:

  1. Establishing the road network in Kuwait
  2. Reorganizing the old Kuwait City by dividing the city into different sectors such as investment, residential, commercial, government, utilities, and services.
  3. Designing the landscape areas in Kuwait by selecting the sites for park and recreational areas
  4. Designing the first ring road and highway systems in Kuwait

The plan has changed the face of the old Kuwaiti City by introducing new residential areas outside the old wall of Kuwait. The second master plan (2KMP) has been developed in 1977 by Colin Buchanan to develop the country’s infrastructure capacity to 2 million people by 2000. The 3rd Kuwaiti Master Plan (3KMP) was prepared by WS Atkins in 1997 which laid the grounds for Kuwait in 2015 with 3.5 million in population. The 1997 plan was revised in 2003-2004 by Colin Buchanan to develop Kuwaitis infrastructure plans up to 2030. The plan included all the transport and infrastructure requirements for Kuwait’s new roads, highways, and new residential cities.

The currently tendered projects fall under the last revision of 3KMP.The total square meter area of roads has increased by 5% in Kuwait in the past three years which is considered a positive development compared to the years before, Figure 3.

All road projects in Kuwait are handled by the Ministry of Public Works (MPW). The ministry supervises, monitors, and pays for all road projects required by the 3KMP or requested by the different organizations in Kuwait except for the Housing Authority of Kuwait. The Housing Authority handles its projects independently from the other government projects due to the massive amount of works, contractors, and areas they deal with for every single project. The Authority also tenders its projects independently from the Central Tendering Committee (CTC). Unlike the Housing Authority, the Ministry of Public Works tenders its projects via the Central Tendering Committee.

Figure 3: Kuwait Total Square Meter of Road Areas

Central Tendering Committee (CTC)

Since its establishment in 1966, the Central Tendering Committee has been responsible for tendering all the needs of the governmental authorities in Kuwait except for the independent government institutes such as the Housing Authority. The CTC is also responsible for qualifying companies and contractors for the different works and projects in Kuwait including road and infrastructure projects. Certain projects which require international experience would demand special qualification process that is done jointly between the CTC and MPW. The CTC has divided the local contractors and companies working in “outside” projects (Outside projects include roads, infrastructure, sewage, and bridges) into 5 categories:

  1. Group A: companies with a capital no less than 500,000 KWD and a minimum of 3 years in road works experience
  2. Group B: companies with a capital no less than 200,000 KWD and a minimum of 3 years in road works experience
  3. Group C: companies with a capital no less than 100,000 KWD and a minimum of 3 years in road works experience
  4. Group D: companies with a capital no less than 50,000 KWD and a minimum of 3 years in road works experience
  5. Companies that are registered in CTC but not classified

CTC developed its own standards in classifying companies which are based on four major elements:

  1. Company financial status
  2. Previous works and experience within the same field
  3. Company structure and staff skills and experience
  4. Equipment and tools registered by the company

Since many big scale road and infrastructure projects are currently being designed to be executed in 2011 and 2012, the Ministry of Public Works represented by the CTC is currently prequalifying international firms with local representation to work in the 2011 and 2012 projects. This prequalification process will prevent international companies to enter the tendering process if not prequalified by the 27th of September. The short listing process is different from what was practiced in the past years by MPW where international firms would need to prequalify for each single big scale project independently.

 2009 Projects

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  • companies executing road projects in Kuwait
  • projects description
  • projects value
  • project duration

Current and Future Projects

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  • winning companies of current and future projects
  • projects description
  • projects value
  • project duration
  • projects to be tendered

Subcontractors

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  • to learn more about the legality of the relationship between main and subcontractors
  • current subcontractors executing projects in Kuwait

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