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Teams tap into clean water jobs

CONTRACTS NORTHERN IRELAND

BIDDERS in Northern Ireland are preparing to price two schemes in the province worth a combined £30 million.

Farrans/Earth Tech, Degremont, Biwater/Graham and Purac/Brand will return bids next week for a £15 million wastewater treatment plant at Ballyclare in Country Antrim.

And a week later EPS/Geda, Black & Veatch, Purac/Brand, Farrans/Earth Tech and Biwater/Graham will pitch for a similar deal in Larne, also in County Antrim.

The Northern Ireland Water Service will consider the bids for three months before making an award at the end of this year.

Construction work is due to begin on both schemes by mid 2004, lasting two years. The schemes are part of the NIWS's programme to improve water treatment in the province after a parasite infection in 2001.