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01Oct92 UK: CIMOLAI TIPPED TO WIN £6M SEVERN BRIDGE STEELWORK CONTRACT.

Cimolai of Italy is being tipped to win the £6 million steelwork contract for the second Severn Crossing.The award of this prestigious contract to foreign competition would be a blow to the British firm which have been bidding at rock bottom prices.Lancashire firm William Hare is understood to be the only remaining British bidder.The rest of the field includes two other British firms, Cleveland Bridge and Robert Watson, but it is believed that the client has not held talks with them for some weeks.And Belgian steelworker company Victor Buyck also seems to be out of the running.The work involves fabricating and assembling more than 5,000 tonnes of steel for the bridge.If Cimolai wins the contract it is expected to use foreign steel fabricated abroad and shipped to Britain.The fabricated steelwork is to be transported to the English side of the Severn to be erected by Laing/GTM, which won the £300 million design and build contract for the bridge and is part-owner.The consulting engineers are Maunsell and WS Atkins, which are working as the Second Severn Crossing Group.