CH2M Hill withdraws from UK weapons buying outsourcing bid

Reuters

LONDON, Nov 19 (Reuters) - U.S. engineering firm CH2M Hillsaid on Tuesday that it had withdrawn from the bidding processto run Britain's weapons buying agency as it was notcommercially viable.

The firm was leading one of two consortiums bidding to runBritain's Defence Equipment and Support (DE&S) unit, in a teamwith Serco and Atkins.

"After much detailed scrutiny, our solution which would havemet the objectives of the GOCO tender was not as commerciallyviable for the consortium as we would have required, under theproposed draft contract," the firm said in a statement.

The other bid team was led by Bechtel, another U.S.engineering firm, supported by PricewaterhouseCoopers and PA Consulting.

The Ministry of Defence declined to comment on the news butsaid that a written ministerial statement would be issued latertoday.

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