KAPP – Kuwait Metropolitan Rapid Transit System Development – Al Asimah - Project Profile

KAPP – Kuwait Metropolitan Rapid Transit System Development – Al Asimah - Project Profile


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Kuwait Authority for Partnership Projects (KAPP) is planning to undertake the construction of Metropolitan Rapid Transit System in Kuwait.

The project involves the construction of 171km metro rail network with 84 stations. Out of the planned metro line, 60km will be developed underground. The project will be implemented in five phases.

The first phase includes the construction of a 91.40km metro network comprising four lines and 76 stations:

The 23.7km Line I will begin from Salwa area, pass through 19 stations, and end at the station of Kuwait University.

The 21km Line II will begin from Hawally area, pass through 27 stations, and end at Kuwait City.

The 24km Line III will begin from the airport, pass through 15 stations, and end at Abdullah Al-Mubarak area.

The 22.7km Line IV will connect city centre with Kuwait International Airport. It will have 15 stations, serving residential areas and the Shuwaikh Industrial Zone.

It would be the Red Line, running from the GCC rail freight terminal to Kuwait City centre via Kuwait International Airport.

It also includes the construction of stations, and tunnels, the installation of elevators and escalators, lighting systems, and safety and security systems, and the laying of rail tracks.

The project will be tendered and financed directly by the Kuwait Government and will be tendered as design build finance maintain (DBFM) packages. It will be developed under Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Parsons Brinkerhoff has been appointed as pre-feasibility study consultant; a consortium of Al Dashti, Ingenieria and Consultoria de Transporte (INECO) and Kuwait United Development group as feasibility study consultant; and Atkins, Brinckerhoff and Gulf Consult as the master planners for the project.

In March 2010, intention to bid (ITB) for the transaction, legal, and technical advisory services contract was issued with May 19, 2010 as the submission deadline.

In November 2010, the transaction advisory work was initiated and PTB approved the feasibility study for the project in February 2012.

On March 25, 2012, PTB invited expression of interest from the companies for the Integrated Rolling Stock and Systems (IRS) contract with May 24, 2012 as the submission deadline. Approximately 60 companies had registered their interests for the IRS Contract. However, the tender has been delayed.

Ernst & Young, Ashurst and Atkins have been appointed by PTB to provide advisory services and to prepare procurement document. However, their role has ended after MoC took over the project.

In April 2014, KAPP invited firms to express interest for design and supervision contract.

In September 2014, KAPP invited firms to pre-qualify for two contracts covering the project management and preliminary design with a submission deadline as November 2, 2014.

In October 2014, KAPP revived the project and issued a request for pre-qualifications for design and supervision contracts.

The project will be implemented on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis by KAPP and private developers.

Fundraising activities along with planning activities are underway. The entire development is expected to be completed by 2022.


The project involves the construction of 171km metro rail network with 84 stations in Kuwait City in Kuwait.

The US$7,000 million project includes the following:

1. Construction of 23.70km Line I and 19 stations

2. Construction of 21.00km Line II and 27 stations

3. Construction of 24.00km Line III and 15 stations

4. Construction of 22.7km Line IV and 15 stations

4. Construction of stations and tunnels

5. Installation of elevators and escalators

6. Installation of lighting systems

7. Installation of safety and security systems

8. Laying of rail tracks

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