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Huge bridge plan unveiled

THE CONCESSIONAIRE that wants to construct the world's longest single-span suspension bridge unveiled its plans to contractors and financiers in London this week.

Stretto di Messina's 3.3 km bridge will link Italy with Sicily at a cost of 6 billion euros, creating 40,000 construction jobs.

Under Italian law, the winning contractor or consortium must finance between 10 and 20 per cent of the cost.

Chief executive Pietro Ciucci said Stretto di Messina would reimburse unsuccessful bidders which reached second and third place in the tender process.

He said: 'This is one of the largest tenders ever realised. We expect between three to five bidders and substantial involvement from major players around the world.'