THREE CONSORTIA have been invited to bid for the construction of Italy's record breaking Messina Straits suspension bridge.
The three have been selected from a list of five. Bids are due on 20 April next year.
German contractor Strabag has tied up with French firm Bouygues Travaux Publics, Spanish contractor Dragados, and Italian firms Consorzio Risalto and Baldassini/Tognozzi Costruzioni Generali.
The Strabag group is understood to have brought in UK consultant Mott MacDonald and contractor Cleveland Bridge to assist with its bid.
Italian contractor Astaldi is bidding with fellow Italians Impresa Pizzarotti, Consorzio Co-operative Costruzioni, Grandi Lavori Fincosit, Vianini Lavori, Ghella, Maire Engineering, Spanish firms Necso Entrecanales Cubiertas and Ferrovial Agroman and Japan's Nippon Steel Corporation.
And Italian giant Impregilo is in league with French mega contractor Vinci, Italians Societa Italiana per Condotte d'Acqua, Co-operativa Muratorie Cementisti-CMC di Ravenna, Sacy and Consorzio Stabile, and Japanese steel specialist Ishikawajima Harima Heavy Industries.
The six year construction period is scheduled to kick off at the start of 2006.