At a time when the General Authority for Roads and Land Transport is studying the completion of bids for the tender work of study, design and preparation of documents for the railway project in its first phase, a government report stated that the tender No. (1 AH I/I) for the project of study work, detailed design and preparation of documents was announced in the Official Gazette. Issue No. (1618) dated last January 15, at the request of the General Authority for Roads, explaining that the tender being offered is concerned with studying and designing the first phase of the “Gulf Track” railway project and the facilities affiliated with the project with a length of 111 km.
The sources explained that Kuwait is the northern station of the railway for the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and the Kuwait section of the network represents about 5% of the total with a length of 111 km and connects directly to Saudi Arabia.
The report continued that the first phase was the subject of a tender last January with a duration of one year that includes 3 phases. The first phase includes preparatory work and initial design for a period of 4 months for the consultant and a month for the entity’s review, for a total of 4 months. The second phase includes financial modeling and feasibility study, with a work period for the consultant of 1.5 months and a half month for review and two months in total. As for the third phase, it includes the detailed design and tender documents, with a working period for the consultant of 6 months and a review period of two months, with a total of 8 months, noting that the second and third phases will be implemented in parallel.
The report stated that the proposed project is a study and design of the “first phase” only, while construction and implementation will take place in 3 subsequent phases. The first phase includes appointing an international consultant to provide advisory services related to preliminary design work for railway tracks, while developing the necessary solutions to address conflicts and meet the requirements of relevant authorities. Relationship and preparation of technical documents for the project.
He explained that the second phase is concerned with the work of qualifying, offering and awarding the project work to investors in accordance with the established procedures, in addition to presenting and awarding the work of supervising the implementation to an international consultant, while the third phase is concerned with implementing all the work related to the project.