A CONSORTIUM featuring Alfred McAlpine is preferred bidder on a key job aimed at bringing Dublin's waste-water treatment processes in line with European Union directives.
The firm has linked up with local contractor Pierse and Dutch-Belgian marine specialist Tide-way for the £30 million deal.
The unsuccessful bidders were: Ascon/Smit Land & Marine Engineering/Ham Dredging; Van Oord; Bouygues; and PJ Walls/ Visser/Smit Hanab.
The scheme comprises building a 9.5 km-long pipeline to carry sewage from Sutton in north Dublin, to a waste-water treatment plant in Ringsend, south of the city.
Ireland's environment and local government minister, Noel Dempsey, is currently running the rule over the bid, which is part of the Dublin Bay Project. Work is due to start in the spring.