An admirable step by NBK(National bank of Kuwait)to build Children’s Cancer Hospital.

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NBK pioneered corporate social responsibility programs 12 years ago by establishing NBK Children’s Hospital, which focused on providing treatment for children’ suffering from leukemia and other disease.

NBK’s donated KD 4 million to build an independent cancer center, expanding the NBK Children hospital’s ability to treat children with cancer and blood diseases.

The NBK Children’s Cancer Hospital consists of: an outpatient department (clinics), day-care facilities (infusion and treatment areas), a bone marrow transplant unit (specialist in-patient unit), specialist laboratories (haematology / oncology testing), pharmacy, administration and educational areas, case conference and lobby services. The mechanical and electrical services were designed to support phase 1 and potential further  phases if required.

  Design elements such as assigning colour schemes to hospital departments, floor patterns, accent wall finishes etc. were used to assist with way-finding. These elements also create continuity within the design and a playful character for the interiors.

 

The design utilized sustainable features such as correct building orientation, view considerations and technologies such as envelope insulation to reduce energy consumption. The use of local materials was also encouraged to reduce the carbon footprint of the building.

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Planning and design was tailored around the users of the facility, in this instance, children.  The design aimed to maintain child friendly environments throughout the project, even in the bone marrow transplant unit where the  extremely hygienic conditions dictated and reduced the spectrum of finishes that could be used.

SSH has been awarded this  NBK Children’s Cancer Hospital in Kuwait. The SSH multi-disciplinary teams were responsible for the output in terms of Healthcare Architecture, Medical Planning and SMEP.

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USD 4.2bn heavy oil field contract awarded by Kuwait.

The central committee for tenders announced that Phase 1 of the Lower Fars Heavy Oil Development project was awarded to UAE based Petrofac International and the Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Co. (CCC).
The project is valued at USD 4.2 billion and is located in the northern part of Kuwait.The plant is expected to produce 60,000 barrels per day of heavy crude by 2018.
In addition, the other phases of infrastructure are being developed and after the completion of the second phase, the production is set to be doubled.
Currently, Kuwait pumps around 2.8 million bpd and plans to raise its output capacity to 4.0 million bpd by the year 2020.

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Seats, baggage and personal belongings of lost Air Asia passengers found .

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Indonesian Navy onboard the vessel KRI Bung Tomo displaying personal items recovered from ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501 lost in the Java Sea.

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Indonesian Navy commander of the KRI Bung Tomo, Colonel Yayan Sofyan, holding a piece of recovered wreckage from ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501 lost in the Java Sea.

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KRI Bung Tomo displaying a camera recovered from among personal items from ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501 lost in the Java Sea.

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Indonesian Navy onboard the vessel KRI Bung Tomo displaying recovered wreckage from ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501 lost in the Java Sea.

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KRI Bung Tomo displaying recovered wreckage from ill-fated AirAsia flight QZ8501 lost in the Java Sea. The search in the Java Sea entered its 10th day on January 6, struggling in bad weather to find more bodies or the “black box” flight data recorders which are crucial to determining the cause of the disaster. Thirty-seven people have so far been recovered, with teams still searching for the remains of the other 125 passengers, most of them Indonesian.

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An Indonesian officer holds newly recovered wreckage from AirAsia flight QZ8501 found during search operations in the Java sea, in Pangkalan Bun

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Indonesian officers carry a coffin with the remains of a passenger of the AirAsia flight 8501 in Pangkalan Bun.

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National Search and Rescue Agency personnel carry a bag containing parts of AirAsia Flight 8501 after being airlifted by a U.S. Navy helicopter at the airport in Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia.

Rescue team members and policemen lift a boat up onto the deck of the SAR ship KN Purworejo during a search operation for passengers onboard AirAsia Flight QZ8501 in the Java Sea

Rescue team members and policemen lift a boat up onto the deck of the Search and Rescue (SAR) ship KN Purworejo during a search operation for passengers on board AirAsia Flight QZ8501 in the Java Sea.

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Indonesia Sea and Coast Guard carries remains of seats from the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash from the Royal Malaysian Navy KD Kasturi at Port of Kumai.

 

Via : AFP

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Kuwait may re-tender airport expansion project.

According to the media reports , that Abdulaziz Abdullatif Al-Ibrahim, Kuwait’s Minister of Public Works has approved to extent the work of the Kuwait’s international airport new terminal’s tender committee for another two weeks.

The source, who was cited by Arabic daily Alanba newspaper, stated that the committee may approve the tender final result or decide that it shall be re-tendered.

Early November , A consortium of Kuwait’s Kharafi National and Turkey’s Limak Holding have submitted the lowest bid for a KD1.386 billion ($4.78 billion) contract to build a new terminal at Kuwait’s international airport, the tender committee said in a statement on Monday.

The bids have been referred to the Ministry of Public Works to study and make a final recommendation, the statement said. The lowest bidder is usually likely to win the contract but the statement did not specify whether the contract has been awarded yet.

Other bidders for the contract included China State Construction Engineering Corporation and Dubai-based Arabtec.

Under the contract, a new terminal for Kuwait International Airport and a new runway will be built in addition to around 30 gates to boost the facility’s capacity from the current 7 million passengers to 13 million in 2016.

Via: Daily Alanba News

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Gulf Consult Kuwait commissioned to Design and Supervise Equate’s Headquarters.

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Gulf Consult, in association with Michael Gebhart Architects  AIA, who  provided  the  architectural  concept and schematic design input, were awarded First Prize in a competition for the design of this office complex. Following this GC & Michael Gebhart Architects  AIA are  commissioned to undertake Design, Interior Design and Construction Supervision, for the whole project.

The Headquarters Complex consists of the main office building, a multi-purpose building, a mosque, sunken garden and a car park building, located on the main road leading into Ahmadi.

The office building has a circular atrium with ample public spaces, panoramic elevators and ceremonial staircases. Offices are located on the first and second floors.

Training rooms, cafeteria and other support services are placed in the basement. The board room and VIP lounge have been located at the top floor level.

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Location Ahmadi Town
Client EQUATE Petrochemical Company
Services

Architectural, Engineering and Interior Design

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Site Area : 16,500 m2
Gross Area : 20,000 m2
Employees : 200
Parking : 190 cars
Status Ready for Tender
Associate Michael Gebhart FAIA, Boston, USA
(Architectural Concept / Schematic Design)

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KNPC has no plans to raise fuel prices.

Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has no intention of raising fuel prices, according to the company’s Spokesman Khalid Al-Asousi.

KNPC is conducting a study to determine the perfect fuel pricing in the country, Al-Asousi, also Deputy CEO for Support Services at the company told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA), adding that the current fuel prices cost Kuwait a big amount of money.

The outcome of selling refined oil products in expected to exceed USD 42 billion for the fiscal year 2014-2015, set to end on March 31st, said Al-Asousi.

He also noted that it is currently hard to determine the company’s profits for 2014 due to the drop in oil prices.The Spokesman recalled the recent developments in the new Al-Zour refinery which consists of five divisions.

 

Via : Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)

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Kuwait starts trial run of 4th gas plant at MAA-official

Kuwait has begun the trial run of the fourth gas plant train at Mina Al-Ahmadi -MAA, said Mutlaq Al-Azmi, Deputy C.E.O. for Shuaiba Refinery.
Al-Azmi told Mubasher that the projected capacity of the new gas plant train will be 805 million cubic feet a day in addition to 106 thousand barrels of condensates at estimated cost of KWD256 million.
The project aims to process additional associated gas and condensates produced in the fields by KOC and KNPC various refineries.

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Kuwait Airways confirms new deal with Boeing.

Kuwait Airways announced it has signed a deal to purchase 10 “777-300ER” passenger aircraft from manufacturer Boeing to upgrade its fleet.

On the sidelines of the signing, Rasha Al-Roumi, the company’s Chairperson and CEO, said in a press statement that the new contract paves the way for revamping and upgrading the fleet to help the company compete with other airlines.Kuwait Airways seeks to offer the best services to all customers through a new modern fleet, she said.

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Under this deal, the delivery will start as of November 2016, Al-Roumi said, noting that the 10 widebody planes will help cover the company’s current and future routes, especially long-haul flights.

The signing coincides with the delivery of Airbus planes, she noted, lauding continuous support of the government to help the company upgrade its fleet in accordance with the company’s privatization law.

 

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Kuwait’s KUFPEC inks deal for China exploration deals.

The international arm of Kuwait’s state oil company has announced that its Chinese subsidiary has three agreements covering three new exploration blocks located in the South China Sea.
Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC) said that in the event of a commercial discovery in any of the new exploration blocks, KUFPEC China will have a 30 percent working interest in the development.
The remaining working interest will be held by the operator, a subsidiary of China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC).
“These new exploration activities in the People’s Republic of China are further steps taken by KUFPEC as part of its strategy to expand its oil and gas exploration and production operations worldwide,” a statement said.

KUFPEC CEO Shaikh Nawaf S Al-Sabah said: “Our new exploration licences allow us continue to work with CNOOC to take full advantage of our excellent working relationship in the Yacheng Field in the South China Sea, where KUFPEC China holds a 30 percent working interest.”

Production from the Yacheng offshore gas field has been supplying natural gas for power generation to Hong Kong via a 780 km pipeline since 1996. Additional natural gas, condensate and LPG are sold to customers on Hainan Island.

KUFPEC is currently active in 15 countries with 63 projects in Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe, North America and Australia.

KUFPEC said it is working towards achieving its strategic plans aiming to increase its production to 200,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOEPD) with reserves of 650 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE) by year 2020 and maintaining it until year 2030.

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KCPC awarded $10.24m tender from Ministry of Public Works.

Kuwait Company for Process Plant Construction and Contracting -KCPC announced that it has been awarded KWD3 million ($10.24 million) tender from Kuwait’s Ministry of Public Works -MPW.

Muhammad Hamad Company’s Cheif Executive Officer told Mubasher that the tender related to the maintenance works of Kuwait’s high ways.

The agreement duration is two years and it is expected to generate profit margin of 4.75%, which will be reflected on the company’s financial statements for 2015 and 2016, added Hamad.

The company looks forward to sign the contracts of another tender also awarded from MPW at amount of KWD1.5 million. This tender will be related to the maintenance of the sewage system of Mubarak Al-Kabeer governorate, said Hamad.

Written by: Muhammad Farouk Kuwait Company for Process Plant Construction and Contracting -KCPC announced that it has been awarded KWD3 million ($10.24 million) tender from Kuwait’s Ministry of Public Works -MPW.

Muhammad Hamad Company’s Cheif Executive Officer that the tender related to the maintenance works of Kuwait’s high ways. The agreement duration is two years and it is expected to generate profit margin of 4.75%, which will be reflected on the company’s financial statements for 2015 and 2016, added Hamad.

The company looks forward to sign the contracts of another tender also awarded from MPW at amount of KWD1.5 million. This tender will be related to the maintenance of the sewage system of Mubarak Al-Kabeer governorate, said Hamad

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Kuwait plans to spend $7bln on heavy-oil projects.

Kuwait, the third-largest producer in OPEC, plans to spend about $7 billion to develop heavy-oil fields even with crude prices near five-year low.

The first phase of the heavy oil production project will cost $4.2 billion, with contracts to be awarded by the end of this year, said Hashim Hashim , chief executive officer of Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) .

KOC plans to pump 60,000 barrels a day by 2018 in the project’s first phase , he added according to state run news agency – KUNA.

Moreover, Hashim added that KOC is going through with executing the second phase of natural gas development to reach its target goal of producing 500 million cubic feet a day by 2020.

Similarly, Well Surveillance Manager at KOC Saeed Al-Shaheen emphasized that KOC will increase its heavy oil production gradually until it reaches its target output of 270,000 barrels a day by 2030.

He noted that Well Surveillance is responsible for providing the project’s operational equipment, hardware and other services.

Via : KUNA

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Abu Dhabi Financial Group seals $579m deal to buy New Scotland Yard.

New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the Met police in London, has been sold to Abu Dhabi Financial Group for £370 million ($579.1 million), it was announced on Tuesday.

The Abu Dhabi investment company paid £120 million more than the asking price for the 1960s block and and plans a development of luxury flats on the site overlooking Westminster Abbey.As he signed the deal, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced plans to pump hundreds of millions of pounds into modernising frontline policing.

Proceeds from the sale will kick-start a major investment opportunity to secure the future of the Met Police, with the funds being used to kit out officers across London with mobile technology such as tablets, smartphones and body cameras, enabling them to spend more time out on the streets, according to a statement published by the Mayor’s office.

Marketed as ‘Ten Broadway’, the 1.7-acre site, 600,000 square foot building attracted intense interest from around the world, the statement said.In the end, there were 11 credible bids with ADFG, a multi-billion dollar alternative investment company based in Abu Dhabi, securing the deal.

With a track record of financing major central London developments, including the 1 Palace Street project adjacent to Buckingham Palace, ADFG now plans to create a mixed-use residential development on the site.Headquarters of the Met Police since 1967, the out-dated building was put on the market by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) in September, for a guide price of £250 million.

This sale is part of an ongoing radical overhaul of the Met estate which has so far raised £215 million through the sale of 52 under-used and outdated buildings.The operational HQ of the Met is now on the move to the Curtis Green building on Victoria Embankment.

Johnson said: “The sale of this under-used and outdated building means we can now not only protect that rich heritage, but also fund the new HQ and kit out bobbies with the latest mobile technology to secure the future of the force. This landmark deal allows us to preserve the past whilst giving today’s Met a vital cash boost so our officers can go on keeping London safe.”

Jassim Alseddiqi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Financial Group, said: “Ten Broadway will be one of the most important redevelopment projects undertaken in Central London this decade, replacing a world famous headquarters with a world class development. With the bid process now complete, we look forward to creating an exceptional new landmark for London.”

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KNPC says Clean Fuels projects are crucial for Kuwait economy.

The Clean Fuels Project is existential for the oil-refining industry in Kuwait as it will provide environment-friendly products on high demand worldwide, a senior official at the Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) has said , according to the state news agency KUNA.

The KFP is likely to make of Kuwait a rival of the world’s leading companies in the field , KNPC Deputy CEO for Support Services Khaled Al-Asousi told said.

Kuwait is facing challenges trying to market oil products with their current specifications, he added.The KFP is a strategic KNPC project aiming at upgrading and expanding the company’s existing two refineries at Mina Abdulla and Mina Al-Ahmadi, transforming them into an integrated merchant refining complex that meets the diversified requirements of the world oil market.

Total refining capacity of the complex after the CFP is completed is expected to hit 800,000 barrels a day.Referring to reports on potential risks of the KFP, Al-Asousi said they are inaccurate, noting that the study by the risk management and quantitative analysis advisor as a comprehensive one for all the existing and future projects, tackling all possible scenarios.

The study aims at identifying potential risks of the KFP, so as to guarantee safety of the staff and the people in the surrounding area when the project is carried out, which is a KNPC top priority, Al-Asousi said.

Via: – KUNA

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“CityScape Kuwait” Opens its door today.

Cityscape Kuwait, the premier international real estate investment and development event in the State of Kuwait is scheduled to open doors on 7 – 9 December 2014 at Kuwait International Fairgrounds. The exhibition and conference is the latest from the world renowned Cityscape portfolio of events and set to be the largest real estate event ever to be held in Kuwait. Organized by Informa Exhibitions and Maksab Project Management, and extending over an area of 7000 sqm, the exhibition provides local, regional and international participants with the opportunity to network, seek out investment opportunities and create joint venture partnerships. It brings together investors, developers, architects and designers, governmental authorities, key decision makers and senior real estate executives involved in the design and construction of both public and private real estate developments. Deep Marwaha, Group Director of Informa, said “Cityscape is committed to producing market-leading events that support development, help bring industry transparency and encourage collaboration.

With the confirmed support from the local real estate community including developers, regulatory bodies, as well as international players, I am sure Cityscape Kuwait will quickly become a permanent fixture for the regional real estate and investment community.” Amongst the exhibitors participating at Cityscape Kuwait 2014, the local real estate development community will be showcasing local and regional projects to the 5000+ visitors expected. These include amongst others, Al Mazay Holding Co. National Real Estate Company, Wafra Real Estate, and United Real Estate Company. Engineer Ibrahim Al Saqa’abi, CEO of Al Mazaya Holding Co. said: “Al Mazaya Holding is keen to participate at Cityscape Kuwait considering the leading position of Cityscape exhibitions in the region and its vital role in shaping the real estate industry landscape.

Al Mazaya is keen to participate in key industry exhibitions such as Cityscape to consolidate its position in the real estate market as well as in the activities and services of multiple similar real estate projects in all sectors including residential, commercial, health and logistics”. Through its participation at Cityscape Kuwait, Al Mazaya will showcase to potential investors, various real estate products and latest projects. “Kuwait has a strong purchasing power and many nationals are willing to invest in projects inside and outside Kuwait”, said Al Saqa’abi. Running in parallel with the main exhibition, the Kuwait Real Estate Summit will take place on 7 – 8 December 2014.

The Summit will tackle vital topics related to the industry and will look to provide a platform for the real estate community to debate and discuss current issues. Other networking events planned provide attendees with a breadth of activities to keep them engaged throughout the three days of the event, including the Investor Round Tables, which provide senior executives to meet with likeminded professionals and discuss a variety of issues pertaining to real estate investment.

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