Kuwait Requests US ACE Assistance to Build $700M Air Force Facilities
On Nov 23/09, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced [PDF] Kuwait’s formal request for the design and construction of Kuwait Air Force facilities and infrastructure. The estimated cost of the project is $700 million.
The US Congress has 30 days to block the transaction; if no action is taken, the Kuwait government will enter into negotiations with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for the project. Should everything go smoothly, USACE will provide the Kuwait government with engineering, planning, design, acquisition, contract administration, construction management, and other technical services for construction of facilities and infrastructure at Al Mubarak Air Base and the Kuwait Air Force Headquarters Complex…
Al Mubarak Air Base and the Kuwait Air Force Headquarters Complex are located on a section of Kuwait International Airport in Al Farwaniyah, 9.6 miles south of Kuwait City.
The scope of the construction program includes provision of technical assistance for facilities that include administrative, operations, passenger processing, air crew, billeting, community support, maintenance and air control, perimeter security, supply and storage, and utility infrastructure.
The USACE is the principal organization that will direct and manage the project, The USACE will provide services through both in-house personnel and contractors. Contracts will be procured in accordance with federal government contracting law and regulations. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.