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Balfour Beatty could well be poised to make another killing on the M74 project in Scotland.Industry insiders are putting their money on the company for the Dinwoodie Green/Muirhouse Farm stretch, with Balfour already firm favourite for the £25 million Water of Milk/Ecclefecan section.Originally, the Dinwoodie project carried a £15-20 million price tag, but that has steadily gone down and is now around the £13 million mark.It is believed that one other firm as well as Balfour could still edge into the frame from a field of eight contenders.It is understood that consulting engineer Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick held its first precontract meeting with the Scottish Office earlier this week and will make its recommendation tomorrow (Friday).Tendering on the Dinwoodie stretch is believed to have been very tight, with all bids coming in within 10 per cent of each other.Line-up.But, as with many Scottish Office projects, this contract is subject to an array of alternatives and it is understood that around 30 were worked up.But the six-week deadline laid down by the client proved too tight for at least one contender invited to bid and documents were returned unopened.The line-up for the contract also includes Budge, Morrison, Mowlem and Nuttall, but none of these now holds out any hope of winning the job.This leaves Barr and R J McLeod with the latter still possibly in with a shout.Although contractors can nominate their own completion times on the scheme, the client has stipulated 24 months as the maximum and has given a provisional start date of next month.Work involves 5.5 km of dual three-lane motorway, 2.5 km of side roads, four reinforced concrete bridges and 500,000 cu m of earthworks.