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Local subsidiaries of British companies look to have lost out to a French/Japanese consortium in the race to win the Central/Wanchai reclamation contract, part of the HK $130,000 million (£10,000 million) Chek Lap Kok airport project in Hong Kong.The contract relates to the first phase, estimated at $2,000 million (£138 million), of reclamation work on Hong Kong Island for the Hong Kong terminus of the airport railway.The Hong Kong government and the Mass Transit Railway Company are locked in talks over which should ultimately be responsible for the project.If the decision goes in favour of MTRC, construction time will speed up by around six months.This could spawn design changes and lower prices.The 20 ha first phase of the project will include relocating ferry piers, cooling-water intakes and other development.The bids: Dragages/Penta Ocean HK $1,600 million (£110 million); Leighton/Hochtief/UDL/China United Engineering $1,700 million (£117 million); Kumugai Gumi/Meada/HAM Dredging $1,750 million (£120 million); Shi On/China Fujian $1,700 million-$1,800 million (£117 million-£124 million); Aoki/Franki Contractors $1,800 million (£124 million); Gammon/Nishimatsu/China Harbour Engineering/Ballast Nedam/Jan de Nul $2,000 million (£138 million).