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KUWAIT: The Kuwait Oil Company (KOC) has requested the extension of two contracts for Jurassic gas, worth about $40 million, with the American company Schlumberger, which is executing the two contracts, reports Al- Anba daily quoting sources. The same sources said the company requested to extend the contract of the Jurassic production facilities in East and West Al-Rawdatain, West Sabriya and Umm Naga, at a value of $21.16 million, equivalent to 4.5% of the value of the contract concluded with Schlumberger, while the KOC requested to extend the second contract with the American company with a value of $18.67 million, equivalent to about 5% of the value of the main contract.

The Schlumberger contract is among the 3 contracts that constitute an important stage of the plan to develop the free gas production in Kuwait. One of the contracts is implemented by Septco, and the entire contracts for Jurassic gas facilities contribute to the production of half a billion cubic feet per day of free gas. The sources indicated that the Central Agency for Public Tenders (CAPT) requested to postpone the decision on the Kuwait Oil Company’s decision to extend the contract, for a subsequent meeting to coordinate with the technical sector. Moreover, the Kuwait Oil Company requested to reconsider the decision of the previous body and to approve the first extension of the tender contract for the installation, operation and maintenance of a solar power generation plant with (MWE5) voltage in the Umm Qadeer field area in western Kuwait for a period of 6 months, with a total amount of $813,000 to read as the date of the end of contract instead of the date of signing the change order. The company requested the second extension of a tender contract to provide comprehensive maintenance services for fire and gas detection systems in the regions of North and West Kuwait, concluded with Al-Meer Technical Services Company for a period of 6 months on a month by- month basis, at a total amount of 1.3 million dinars, in order to ensure the continuation of providing the above-mentioned services without interruption until completion of the alternative contract bidding procedures. The Central Tenders Agency also approved Kuwait Oil’s request to float the tender for security and safety improvements, the supervisory control system and data collection for Jurassic wells in northern Kuwait. Meanwhile, an official source told the daily the Kuwait Oil Company has accepted the grievance of the American Fluor Company to provide comprehensive engineering design and project management services, after excluding the company’s financial bid. The source stated that the Grievances Committee had notified the Central Agency for Public Tenders after the grievance was permitted to be considered, and accordingly the grievance was accepted in form and rejected in substance, and the responsible authority was notified of the decision. Accordingly, the KOC has now four financial bids submitted by the Australian “Warley Parsons”, the American “KBR”, “EMIC” and the French “Technip”, to compete for the contract, as 3 companies will be awarded, and the implementation of the project extends to 5 3 years and must be won by the 3 companies to cover the business, as the contract covers the development of initial engineering designs, project management and related services for major projects belonging to the Kuwait Oil Company. The source added that these fall under the category of “PMC” contracts, and aim to help the company prepare engineering designs and supervise major projects implemented by the KOC. The Kuwait National Petroleum Company (KNPC) decided to extend the contract for the maintenance of electrical systems, fire alarms, sirens and sirens at Mina Abdullah Refinery with Al Dar Engineering Company for a period of 6 months, with a total value of 1.3 million dinars. The sources said that the company submitted the decision to the Central Agency for Public Tenders, and notified the Agency that the value of the change order is equivalent to 9.5% of the value of the original contract


Fifteen black former or current employees at Tesla filed a lawsuit against the electric car maker on Thursday, alleging they were subjected to racial abuse and harassment at its factories.
The workers said they were subjected to offensive racist comments and behaviour by colleagues, managers and human resources employees on a regular basis, according to the lawsuit filed in a California state court.
The harassment, which occurred mostly at Tesla's Fremont, California, factory, included using the n-word and such terms as "slavery" or "plantation" or making sexual comments such as "likes booty," the lawsuit said, adding that the automaker's "standard operating procedures include blatant, open and unmitigated race discrimination.

The filing described one plaintiff, Teri Mitchell, as being regularly harassed by co-workers and managers who used racial slurs and made statements including, "It is rare for Blacks to work here. I don't know how long you will be able to stay here.

Another plaintiff, Nathaniel Aziel Gonsalves, described harassment by a supervisor. The complaint described the supervisor as saying that "Gonsalves 'wasn't like most Black people,' that he 'didn't act ghetto,' and further called him a 'zebra' because he was 'neither black nor white.'"
Some of the plaintiffs were assigned to the most physically demanding posts in Tesla or passed over for promotion, according to the lawsuit.

It said that Montieco Justice, a production associate at Tesla's Fremont factory, was immediately demoted upon returning to Tesla after taking an authorised leave of absence as a result of contracting Covid-19.

Tesla did not respond to Reuters requests for comment on Thursday or Friday.
The automaker is facing at least 10 lawsuits alleging widespread race discrimination or sexual harassment, including one by a California state civil rights agency.
Tesla in February responded to the expected lawsuit by the California state agency, the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, saying it opposes discrimination and investigates all complaints.

"Tesla has always disciplined and terminated employees who engage in misconduct, including those who use racial slurs or harass others in different ways. We recently rolled out an additional training programme that reinforces Tesla’s requirement that all employees must treat each other with respect and reminds employees about the numerous ways they can report concerns, including anonymously," it said in a company blog.

On Monday, a federal judge in California ordered a new trial on the damages Tesla owes to a Black former factory worker who accused the company of race discrimination, after he turned down a $15 million award.

This month, a Tesla shareholder filed a lawsuit accusing Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk and the company's board of directors of neglecting worker complaints and fostering a toxic workplace culture.


KUWAIT: MEED magazine reported that the American company KBR has submitted the lowest offers for a management consultancy contract for large projects in the oil and gas sector in Kuwait, reports Al-Anba daily quoting industrial sources. The contract was floated by the Kuwait Oil Company to cover both the initial engineering and design services and project management work for the major infrastructure of KOC projects.

The magazine indicated that the award of this contract related to project management consultancy services had been repeatedly delayed. As for the final offers submitted by companies regarding the said contract, they are as follows: US KBR: 69.6 million dinars ($227.0 million); Australian Worley: 77.9 million dinars ($254.0 million); French Technip: 78.9 million dinars ($257.3 million) and British Wood Group: 81.2 million dinars ($264.8 million).

The US company, Fluor, was excluded due to irregularities related to the provision of its initial guarantee. KOC uses the practice system in the bidding process for a special project management contract. The system acts as a reverse multi-round auction, where companies have to lower their prices or keep the same price for each round, all prices are revealed to bidders after each round, and the higher-priced bidders are forced to withdraw as bids drop. The bids submitted by the American companies Fluor and Technip of France were initially rejected in the first round of bidding.

It is worth noting that the Kuwait Oil Company had accepted the following offers from KBR for $88.41 million, Wood Group for $83.46 million, and finally Worley for $81.3 million. In February of this year, MEED revealed that the French company Technip had returned to competition for the project, while Fluor remained excluded from the bidding process.


Grand Hyper Kuwait's zest to remain the #1 most preferred retail brand among expats in the region is evident with their sail of conquest by opening their new Grand Fresh store at Farwaniya on the 29th June 2022 at 4.30 PM.

This new store is the second one in the governorate. Kuwait region fly high scaling more to impeccable heights with this new store being their 28th in Kuwait and the 82nd store globally making Grand an emerging empire in the retail kingdom.

The store is located inside an expat dominant residential area and would cater to the Arab expatriates, Philippines, Indians and other communities.
The store houses a range of selected assortments keeping in mind the daily needs of family oriented customers. Grand Hypermarket has a strong reputation and trust in Kuwait market as a brand, and has been working towards extending a strong presence across the GCC and continues striving towards being the most preferred retailer among customers.


Dubai: wasl properties, one of the largest real estate development and management companies in Dubai, announced the launch of The Nook 1 building, which is part of the wasl gate master development in Jebel Ali. The new building comprises 299 ready-to-move-in apartments and was launched following the near sell-out of the first building, which revealed the emergence of millennial buyers in the Dubai real estate market, with 50% of buyers being Emirati youth. The Nook 1, which consists of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, features modern amenities, including a pool, a state-of-the-art gym, a kids’ play area, and surrounding lush landscaping to ensure a comfortable lifestyle for tenants.
The project is part of the wasl gate master development, which hosts the Festival Plaza Mall, IKEA, and ACE, and is in proximity to the Energy Metro Station as well as to other key entertainment and business attractions in the area.
To highlight the project’s USPs, wasl properties organised a brokers’ event and hosted an open house for interested buyers to get a closer look at what The Nook has to offer, granting them the opportunity to move in right after they pay 20%, to be followed by a three-year payment plan post-handover. The Nook is a highly sought-after project due to its unique selling points and well-studied prices which has attracted both end users and investors. The previous building generated massive interest from young buyers, which granted the company access to market insights that helped in targeting cross-segments of buyers for this new launch.
Once completed, the 1.13 million square-metre wasl gate development will feature approximately 7,000 residential units; hospitality, community, leisure, and entertainment amenities; and restaurants and cafes. The development will also be in proximity to free zones; JAFZA, DMCC and Dubai Internet City business clusters; and DWC and Dubai Parks & Resorts. wasl gate will also host a central park, a dog park, water features, and kids’ play areas, making it one of the most sought-after places to live, work and visit.


Abu Dhabi: President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan honoured Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management with the Parent-friendly Label (PFL) during a special ceremony. ADMM were among the first of six organisations to be awarded the Label by Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Development Authority (ECA). The recognition is awarded to Abu Dhabi’s semi-government, private and third sector entities who have adopted parent-friendly work practices and policies to support working parents and encourage a better work-life balance.

ADMM were recognised for their flexible hours, particularly during the pandemic when school times were impacted, summer deployment and remote working policy, as well as its broader work-life balance initiatives and support for maternity and child education.


Saif Al Noaimi, CEO, Abu Dhabi Motorsport Management, commented of the recognition: “Alongside the Chairman, Executive Committee, and the Board, we’ve long advocated for staff welfare and work-life balance, the implementation of many initiatives was accelerated during the pandemic and will remain within our DNA as we now come out of the pandemic. We intend to continue to lead from the front on being a modern, forward thinking work organisation which is positioned to put employees at the forefront of our business.

During the ceremony, HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed expressed his confidence in the role of the first six organisations in pushing forward the country’s comprehensive and sustainable development journey. His Highness also praised their efforts to empower young children, ensure their development and wellbeing, fulfil their developmental needs, and support the national strategy to prepare the UAE for the next 50 years by developing the community and preparing children for the future.

The PFL’s first recognition cycle for 2022-2024 targeted more than 70 organisations. All applications were carefully reviewed to ensure applicants’ eligibility to receive the Label’s two levels, the Parent-Friendly and Parent-Friendly Plus. The applications were assessed by an independent judging panel to ensure transparency and impartiality with the vision to inspire all organisations to implement necessary measures to ensure a strong work-life balance.


Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 06th June 2022 – Temperatures soar but there ain’t no stopping the party. This summer, your favourite outdoor watering hole, Flair 5, moves indoors at The Ritz-Carlton DIFC to an eclectic jungle vibe setting. With an all-new look and foliage-covered walls, Flair 5 is ready to welcome Dubai with comfortable indoor seating, signature cocktails, and deep house music. Flair 5’s Summer Pop Up will provide the perfect canvas for a vibrant summer with botanical cocktails and Japanese-Peruvian cuisine. Flair 5 is the perfect venue to savor a selection of flower-inspired appetizers, main courses and desserts served family-sharing style, straight to your table. Enjoy our signature tuna and mushroom ceviche, a selection of delectable sushi platters or a lip-smacking Japanese inspired Salmon Tartare. The finale includes an array of delicious desserts including the Strawberry Cheesecake and The Molten Chocolate Cake. Enjoy Social Hours from Sunday to Friday from 5 PM to 8 PM with cocktails starting at AED 40 and the Secret Garden Saturday Brunches at the new indoor setting. Flair 5 is open every day from 5 PM to 4 AM.

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