Kuwait recommends rejecting bids for $4.8bn airport expansion
Ministry committee makes recommendation after studying all bids to build new terminal
A state-of-the-art terminal building will be developed at Kuwait International Airport to significantly increase the aviation hubs overall capacity, while setting a new environmental benchmark for airport buildings. Foster + Partners has designed a flexible masterplan for the site, with the terminal strategically located to anticipate and enable future expansion. The airport will initially accommodate 13 million passengers per year, with the flexibility to increase to 25 million passengers and to accommodate 50 million passengers with further development. The terminal has a trefoil plan, comprising three symmetrical wings of departure gates. Each facade spans 1.2 kilometres and all extend from a dramatic 25-metre-high central space. To further aid orientation, the building is planned under a single roof canopy, punctuated by glazed openings that filter daylight, while deflecting direct solar radiation. The canopy extends to shade a generous entrance plaza and is supported by tapering concrete columns their fluid, organic forms draw inspiration from the contrast between the solidity of the stone and the shape and movement of Kuwaits traditional dhow sailing boats. The project targets LEED gold it aims to be the first passenger terminal in the world to attain this level of environmental accreditation. The concrete structure provides thermal mass and the roof incorporates a large expanse of photovoltaic panels to harvest solar energy.
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, state news agency KUNA reported on Sunday.
In November, 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 1.386 billion dinars ($4.78 billion).
But KUNA quoted Kuwait's minister for electricity, water and public works, Abdulaziz Al Ibrahim, as saying on Sunday 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.
Last Thursday, Kuwait's Al Watan newspaper quoted ministry sources as saying the lowest bid exceeded the estimated cost of the project by 39 percent, and did not meet technical specifications.
Other bidders for the contract included China State Construction Engineering Corp and Dubai-based Arabtec. KUNA did not say on Sunday whether the technical committee's recommendation to reject all bids would be adopted, or whether a new round of bidding might be arranged.
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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