Work on $1.3bn new terminal building at Kuwait International Airport reaches 40%

Project is moving at a steady pace despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Work on the new terminal building at Kuwait International Airport is moving at a steady pace despite the COVID-19 situation, with nearly 40% of the project already completed, a senior official has said.

According to a report by Arab Times, Limak Construction, a part of the Turkish conglomerate Limak Group, is the main contractor on the project, which has been designed by Foster + Partners. Structural engineering of the main structure has been carried out by Werner Sobek, the report added.

Once completed, the T2 project will be one of the most advanced and environmentally conscious airports in the world and will be regarded as an iconic gateway into Kuwait, a senior government official claimed.

“The project has not been affected by the reduction in the state’s general budget, since a total amount of $1.3 billion had been allocated for the project for fiscal 2021/2022,” stated Engineer Abdul Mohsen Khaled Al Anzi, the Assistant Undersecretary for the Major Projects Engineering Sector at the Ministry of Public Works.

“Since it is the gateway to realising Kuwait’s Vision 35, all sectors of the ministry, including the engineering section, has prepared the five-year term plan until 2025 which includes the estimated cost to cover the expenses of these projects,” explained Al Anzi.

“These plans were discussed by the Ministry’s Planning Committee, and of course among them is the passenger building project at the Kuwait International Airport as one of the major development projects implemented by the Ministry of Public Works,” he added.

In December 2020, Kuwait’s Central Agency for Public Tenders (CAPT) had floated tenders for the construction and maintenance of the parking lots and aircraft runways and service buildings at the new passenger terminal within Phase Three of the Kuwait International Airport project.

Covering an area of 1.3 million sqm, the terminal project is located between the eastern and western runways and extends from the new passenger building 2. It consists of aircraft parking and a runway linked to the existing runways of Terminal 2, air services and service tunnels associated with the main building in addition to a power plant.

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