CSCEC Middle Easts’s chief denies Kuwait Airport Terminal-2 contract rumors.

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The main contract has not yet been awarded for Kuwait International Airport’s new terminal, according to Yu Tao, president and CEO of China State Construction Engineering Corporation Middle East (CSCEC ME).

The CSCEC ME chief told Construction Week that reports suggesting a consortium of contractors has already been awarded the construction deal for the terminal are unfounded.

“Some contractors claimed that they have already signed the contract for Kuwait International Airport’s new terminal, but it is otherwise,” commented Tao.

“The project’s contract award is still unclear; we are waiting for the official results from the tender committee. We believe that with [CSCECME’s experience] in the market, we will become the first choice for the client,” he added.

In August 2015, reports surfaced that the contract had been awarded to a consortium comprising Turkey’s Limak Holding and Kuwait’s Kharafi National, at a proposed cost of $4.35bn (KWD1.312bn), for the second time. The contract had previously been secured by the same consortium in November 2014, but the Kuwaiti government nullified this award without explanation.

However, CSCEC ME’s Tao refuted claims that a final decision has been made with regards the main contract for the airport’s new terminal.“There were rumours that CSCEC ME – or other Chinese contractors – were working with Kharafi and Limak on the airport,” he said. “[But] I believe we are competitors; there is no reason why we should be working together to secure the project.”

Tao declined to proffer an opinion with regards when main contractor will be confirmed.“It is very difficult to say when the contract will be awarded. This decision is purely under the control of the client,” he concluded.

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