Serco hopes to win Cyprus bid

Serco, the FTSE-100 services group, is favourite to win a £200m Ministry of Defence contract to support British servicemen based in Cyprus.

Dubbed "Project Wavell", the contract award is due to be announced on 19 February after a bid process lasting nearly three years. Landmarc, a joint venture between Britain's Interserve and America's CSC, and FTSE-250 stalwart VT are also in the running.

The contract involves support services, including looking after aircraft while they are on the ground and maintenance of airfields. The contract covers Akrotiri and Dhekelia, Britain's sovereign bases on the island.

There were fears that the MoD might choose to keep the work in-house. However, it is understood that officials have decided to press ahead with the contract.

Serco performs similar services for the MoD on Ascension Island, where it manages the airport, and at RAF Northolt and Uxbridge in Middlesex.

Many servicemen in Cyprus are believed to be unhappy at services being provided by civilian contractors.

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