UK CONSULTANTS are preparing to bid for £10bn of infrastructure reconstruction work in Lebanon, following the Israeli bombardment in August.
Trade association British Expertise told NCE that about 45 consultants are interested in joining a trade mission to Lebanon in November, to discuss reconstruction.
'We've had tens of calls, ' said British Expertise Middle East director Phil Dowrick. 'Some of the firms have been involved in Beirut before and others already have offices in Dubai.' Following an intensive bombing campaign by the Israeli army, which was aimed at wiping out Hezbollah strongholds in Lebanon, 80 bridges and 630 roads need rebuilding.
Repairs are also needed to Beirut airport.
Other work identified by the Investment Authority of Lebanon, set up to oversee construction, includes the reconstruction of power stations, sewage works and communications masts.
Early reconstruction work will focus on rebuilding 120,000 homes and apartments destroyed or badly damaged during the bombing raids.
Lebanese firm Solidere has been appointed to rebuild the centre of Lebanon. The cost of reconstruction works has been set at £10bn.
Gulf governments have pledged more than £530M, the US £122M, the UK £42M and the EU £26M. Another £1.06bn is understood to have been pledged by private donors in the Gulf region.