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Efforts on for new Metro System in Kuwait City

The Partnerships Technical Bureau (PTB) is moving ahead with plans to develop a new metro system for Kuwait City, with the Higher Committee already having approved the feasibility study.

Expression of Interest (EOI) will soon be issued by PTB for procurement of integrated rolling stock and systems. The company, so chosen will offer rolling stock and metro systems to entire network across five phases. This will be followed by procurements for civil infrastructure and operations for Phase 1, it is said.

The Kuwait Metropolitan Rapid Transit System Project (KMRT) is largely aimed at addressing challenges of population growth in Kuwait, and the current public transport deficit. The KMRT project is implemented by Ministry of Communications, under the auspices of PTB, based on PPP Law No.7/2008.

The project involves development, construction, financing, operation, and maintenance of a complete metro network, developed over five phases. Each phase will be sub-divided into separate procurements. Each of these will be tendered to public on a fair and transparent basis, as per the PPP Law.

The metro project comprises 69 stations, of which 16percent are underground, spanning a length of 160kms. PTB is now working on delivering phase one of the project, which includes construction network of roughly 50kms, with 28 new stations, among which 30 are likely to be underground.

The remaining four phases will be developed and constructed in future stages over the coming years, with growing demand, the statement said.

A transaction advisory team, involving Ernst & Young, Ashurst and Atkins, have been appointed by PTB, to prepare a feasibility study, and get ready for procurement stage, including control systems, metro infrastructure, depot, rolling stock, depot and operations. The Higher Committee, Chaired by Finance Ministry, recently approved the feasibility study of the project.

PTB, established under a decree, considers government projects and unsolicited proposals, forwarded by the Higher Committee to identify potential developmental projects which can be implemented through partnership between both public entity and interested parties from private sector, in accordance with provisions of law regulating all Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects in Kuwait.

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