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03Feb94 THAILAND: AMEC FORMS THAI PACT - POWER STATION CONSTRUCTION BIDS.

Amec and Christiani and Nielsen (Thai) have teamed up to form a joint venture company to chase power station work in the Far East.The company, Christiani Amec Asia, is already in the hunt for several major projects in Thailand.From its Bangkok office the joint venture will target burgeoning demand for power plant and transmission lines throughout the Pacific Rim.The agreement is the latest in a series of strategic joint ventures entered into by Amec to boost its presence in rapidly-developing overseas construction markets.David Robson, chairman of Amec Mechanical and Electrical Services, said: 'The massive power requirements of Asian countries needed to keep pace with increasing demand from domestic and industrial consumers make Christiani and Nielsen an ideal partner for Amec, and Thailand an excellent base for the joint venture's operations.'Christiani and Nielsen (Thai) has a formidable track record of major projects in Thailand, having built hundreds of kilometres of roads, major bridges and the Krabi Thermal Power Plant.In fact, growth of this company was so rapid that last year it bought out its Danish parent.John Milland, Christiani and Nielsen's chief executive, said: 'In Thailand alone, the government has planned to increase the domestic power generation capacity to the extent of 10 per cent each year to keep up with demand.'This equates to an investment of £125 million every year.Amec's tie-up will also open the door to China, where Christiani and Nielsen has picked up a number of contracts. CONSTRUCTION NEWS