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The Chinese government will be letting contracts to design and build 22 major new sporting venues for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Professor Michael Jackson of Philadelphia's Temple University, who is advising the Beijing Olympics Committee, will be presenting details of the work that needs to carried out, anticipated costs and funding routes at the Stadia & Arena conference 2002 in Lisbon, Portugal on 5 and 6 June.

Details from 01923 778311, or email info@westrade. co. uk lKier International last week won a $1.3M contract to manage a cyclone station and tailings reservoirs for a copper refining company in Utah in the US.

Balfour Beatty's international engineering, construction and services group Balfour Beatty Construction Inc is part of the consortium chosen as preferred contractor to develop a $1bn, 144km toll road in Texas known as State Highway 130.

Consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff is to assess the feasibility of developing two toll roads in Quebec and Montreal as public private partnerships on behalf of the Quebec Ministry of Transportation. The firm has also been awarded a three year contract to provide highway services to the Georgia Department of Transportation in the US.

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