China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation looking at feasibility of bidding for Britain’s biggest contractor, The Sunday Times reports
A Chinese construction firm is examining a $3 billion takeover of Balfour Beatty, the UK’s biggest contractor, according to press reports.
China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), a subsidiary of the state-backed China Railway Construction Corporation, has consulted with industry figures about a potential bid, The Sunday Times reported.
“CCECC, which has sounded out advisers in the past two months, is understood to be particularly interested in Balfour Beatty’s involvement in big projects such as Crossrail,” the newspaper said. Crossrail is a 118-kilometre (73-mile) railway line under construction in London.
Balfour Beatty declined to comment when contacted by MEConstructionNews.com.
The firm – which employs about 36,000 people – in March reported a massive pre-tax loss, including $22.32 million from its Middle Eastern operations during 2014.
That total loss figure would have amounted to £304m ($452.4m) were it not for the sale of its US construction business, Parsons Brinckerhoff.
It said its poor performance in the Middle East was largely due to two specific contract positions within the mechanical and electrical (M&E) engineering joint ventures.