A venture of China Machinery & Equipment Corporation and the local Sistem is likely to be awarded a contract to modernise lignite (brown coal) mines, industry sources say. It is the low bidder, at about $16.5 million. The client is the state-owned Turkish Coal Mines (TKI).

The mines are the Western Lignite Mines (GLI) in Omerler and the Aegean Lignite Mines (ELI) in Eyez. The bidders, local unless otherwise stated, are:

China Machinery & Equipment Corporation (CMEC) and Sistem – $16.5 million

a Hungarian company identified as Veszprem Gepuzem with Hema Hidrolik – $28.6 million

the UK’s Gullick Dobson with MTM – $33.3 million

Germany’s Westfalia-Becorit Industrietechnik with Birlesik Celik – $34.9 million

Germany’s Saarberg-Interplan – $47.6 million.