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05May94 HONG KONG: BRITS INVITED TO TENDER FOR LAP KOK FREIGHT SITE.

British firms are understood to be among those invited to tender for a contract to oversee the construction of a HK$320 million (£30 million) air freight terminal at Hong Kong's new Chep Lap Kok airport.The invitation is being held by Singapore's Changi International Airport Services (CIAS), one of three outfits shortlisted by the Provisional Airport Authority (PAA) to bid for the concession.CIAS comprises Hong Kong Airport Services, China Merchant Holdings, Singapore Airport Terminal Services and Federal Express, the US express air cargo operator.The other two rivals are Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (HACTL) and DHL International.CIAS and HACTL, the current operator of cargo facilities at Kai Tak, Hong Kong's present international airport, are seen as the two leading contenders.All three outfits are due to send in business plans to the PAA in July. These will cover the finance, construction and operation of the 3,000 sq m cargo centre. CONSTRUCTION NEWS