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Mitsubishi's S.F. Airport Rail Contract Shelved

      San Francisco, Oct. 11 (Jiji Press)--A San Francisco International 
Airport spokesman said Friday the airport has postponed awarding Japan's 
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. a big-ticket project to build a light 
railroad system inside the airport.
       Public relations director of the airport Ron Wilson cited MHI's 
business relations with Myanmarese companies.  One of San Francisco's 
municipal ordinances bars doing business with companies that have 
business ties with firms of Myanmar, out of humanitarian concerns over 
the Myanmarese military rule.
     The airport has a budget of 140 million dollars for the development 
of the intra-airport light railroad system for airline passengers and 
staff, he said.
       In a late-September tender for the shuttle train project, MHI 
outbid other contestants, putting in a bid about 20 million dollars lower 
than the second lowest bidder, Wilson said.
       But the airport decided it was best to wait a little while before 
declaring MHI the winner for the bidding race, at least until it can 
clear relevant legal hurdles.
       However, Wilson said "there might be a way to sanction the project 
to Mitsubishi" since it is not an iron-clad ordinance and economic 
benefits to the community is to be taken into consideration in making 
   An MHI spokesman in Tokyo said the company has bid for the project, 
but he has heard nothing about the shelving of a possible contract. As he 
understands, bids are now being examined by the airport, the spokesman 

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