Kuwait awards $4.3bn airport contract

Turkey’s Limak Group and its local agent officially awarded deal to build new terminal

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Turkey’s Limak Group has scooped a contract to build a 1.31 billion dinar ($4.34 billion) airport terminal in Kuwait, according to media reports.

Public Works Minister Ali al-Omair said on Monday the work had been awarded to Limak and its local agent, Kharafi National, according to Reuters.

Limak had long been tipped to have won the work but the announcement marks the official confirmation of the deal.

Foster + Partners’ designs for the project were first unveiled in 2011 (see the pictures here).

The project will take six years and raise Kuwait airport’s capacity to 25 million from the current five million passengers.

It is “one of the biggest projects” under the current government development plan, Omair was quoted as saying by Reuters. “It has been long delayed but we reached the first step,” he said.

The announcement comes just days after the Limak Construction division, in a joint venture with Italy’s Salini Impregilo, was said to have won a $1 billion infrastructure contract for the planned South Al Mutlaa City.

That contract is expected to cover road construction and other works, and be funded by the Kuwait government.


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