Rail network moves to the next phase

Slated to fin­ish by 2023

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL - By A Saleh

Plans to build a rail­way network con­nect­ing Kuwait to the rest of the Gulf Co­op­er­a­tion Coun­cil states may be mov­ing for­ward. Ac­cord­ing to Mo­hammed Al-Hedeba, a board mem­ber with the Pub­lic Author­ity for Roads and Trans­port, the fea­si­bil­ity study for the rail­way line has been com­pleted. The next step, the ten­der­ing of a con­tract for an in­ter­na­tional con­sul­tant to eval­u­ate the tech­ni­cal of­fers, will take place within two months. Hedeba added that the project’s con­struc­tion would start in 2018 and fin­ish by 2023, at a to­tal cost of KD 1 bil­lion. He added that the project would be ex­e­cuted as a pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship (PPP).

The long-dis­tance Kuwait na­tional rail­road sys­tem was orig­i­nally sched­uled for com­ple­tion in 2018, but like many mega projects in Kuwait, has been stalled for years. Orig­i­nally pro­jected to cost KD 3 bil­lion, the project is un­der the author­ity of the Kuwait Author­ity for Part­ner­ship Projects (for­merly the Part­ner­ship Tech­ni­cal Bureau). The in­te­grated rail network is planned to have 511 km of dou­ble tracks. The rail­road sys­tem will serve freight and pas­sen­gers, with speeds of 120 km/hr on re­gional lines and speeds of 200 km/hr on oth­ers.

Na­tional se­cu­rity build­ing ten­dered

The au­dit and con­trol sec­tor at the Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity and Water sub­mit­ted a con­tract to de­sign, build, ex­e­cute and main­tain the planned new Na­tional Se­cu­rity Bureau head­quar­ters. The con­tract has been sub­mit­ted to Min­is­ter Ab­dul Rah­man Al-Mutawa to be signed, said in­formed sources, not­ing that the con­tract’s to­tal cost is KD 12.7 mil­lion. The six-floor build­ing is ex­pected to cover an area of 8,000 sq m in Mubarak AlAb­dul­lah, of which 3,000 sq m would be al­lo­cated for park­ing.

Con­trac­tors warned, fined

A con­trac­tor for the new Abu Hal­ifa in­fra­struc­ture project may face a fine af­ter fall­ing 206 days be­hind sched­ule, ac­cord­ing to sources at the Pub­lic Author­ity for Hous­ing Wel­fare. Bader Al-We­qayyan, the author­ity’s man­ager con­cerned with in­fra­struc­ture projects, has also given a fi­nal no­tice to the con­trac­tor ex­e­cut­ing pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties in district D of Sabah Al-Ahmed City, warn­ing him that the project would be with­drawn, as it is now more than 550 days be­hind sched­ule.

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