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Kuwait University selects Chinese led consortium for new U project
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Thursday, 30 Dec 2010
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MEED reported that Kuwait University has selected the consortium of the China Metallurgical Construction Corporation and the local Khalid Ali al Kharafi & Brothers to build the College of Engineering & Petroleum at its new USD 3 billion Sabah al Salem campus.

The partnership submitted the second lowest bid of KWD 142.1 million, which was 4% higher than the low bid of KWD 136.4 million submitted by the consortium of Malaysia' Pembinaan and the local Al Sager General Trading & Contracting.

Designed by the local Gulf Consult and US based Cambridge Seven Associates, the new facility will include eight engineering departments, as well as the university's department of architecture. Scheduled for completion in 2014, the college will be divided into two buildings, one for male students and the other for female students.

The two buildings will contain separate laboratories, lecture halls, auditoriums, conference rooms, exhibition space, prayer rooms and faculty offices, while sharing a central library. The contract was the first tender issued on the Sabah al Salem campus, which will be located at Shadadiyah, 20 kilometers west of Kuwait City.

The university has also invited pre qualified companies to submit bids for the contract to build two other faculty buildings at its new USD 3 billion Sabah al Salem University campus. The pre qualified contractors have until February 20th 2011 to submit bids for the project to build the Faculty for Business and the Faculty for Women.

The approximate built up floor area of the College of Women is 117,000 square meters and the built up floor area of the College of Business is 124,700 square meters.

The 12 pre qualified groups are
1. Al Arabi Trading & Real Estate/Italy’s Societa Italiana per Condotte Dacqua
2. First United General Trading & Contracting Company/Spain’s OHL
3. Kuwait Company for Process Plant Construction & Contracting (KCPC)/ Italy’s Impressa Pizzarotti
4. Copri Construction Projects Company/South Korea’s Hyundai Engineering & Construction
5. Al Aamar Engineering Roads & Bridges Contracting Company/Saudi Binladin Group
6. Combined Group Contracting Company/Arabtec Construction
7. Al Hani Construction & Trading Company/Sinohydro Corporation
8. Burhan International Construction Company/Egypt’s Orascom Construction Industries
9. Boodai Construction Company/Rizzani De Eccher
10. Syed Hamid Behbehani & Sons Company/POSCO Engineering & Construction Company
11. Alghanim International Trading & Contracting Company/Al-Habtoor Leighton Group
12. Khaled Ali al Kharafi & Brothers Construction Company / Metallurgical Corporation of China (MCC)

When completed, the Sabah al Salem integrated campus will comprise more than 25 faculty buildings. It will include a 600 bed hospital, car parks with space for more than 32,000 vehicles, dormitories, sports facilities and auditoriums.

(Sourced form MEED)

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