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Kier and FCC tipped for £600m Mersey Gateway

A consortium featuring Kier, FCC and Samsung has been tipped to win the £600m Mersey Gateway bridge project, Construction News understands.

The Merseylink consortium is understood to have beaten two rival consortia to the prestigious infrastructure project, but no contract has been awarded.

Three consortia were facing off for the 30-year contract to design, build, finance and operate the new toll bridge over the River Mersey between Runcorn and Widnes, together with associated work in the towns.

The value of the construction phase of the project, including land, is estimated at £600m. The total project costs/revenues over the next 30 years will be around £2bn.

The three consortia bidding for the scheme were:

  • Balfour BeattyBouygues Travaux Publics, Egis Projects consortium
  • Merseylink consortium, comprising equity members Macquarie Capital Group, Bilfinger Project Investments Europe, Vialia Sociedad Gestora de Concesiones de Infraestructuras S.L. and FCC Construcción S.A.
  • MGL consortium, comprising equity members Bam Nuttall, Hochtief PPP Solutions GmbH and Iridium Concesiones de Infraestructuras S.A.

A spokesman for the project said: “The procurement process is progressing well and is still ongoing. We have had very productive discussions with all three shortlisted bidders and are confident we will be able to make a formal announcement about the appointment of a preferred bidder in June 2013.

“We will not be giving any further updates on progress until this point.”

The Mersey Gateway Project approved a revision to the MGL consortium bidding for the six-lane toll bridge over the Mersey in October when it approved Bam Nuttall replacing Galliford Try.

Galliford Try chief executive Greg Fitzgerald told Construction News that “exceptionally high bid costs” had forced the firm off the project.

Samsung C&T Corporation then joined the Merseylink consortium as part of the construction joint venture, partnering FCC Construcción S.A. and Kier Infrastructure and Overseas. The Merseylink consortium equity partners (see box) remain unchanged.

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