The National Science Foundation has short-listed three teams led by KBR Inc., CH2M Hill Cos. and Lockheed Martin Corp. for a 12.5-year contract, worth at least $2 billion, to manage site logistics and science support for its Antarctic polar-research program, say company sources. Proposals were submitted in February 2009. Bidders that did not make the cut included teams led by Fluor Corp. and AECOM. A National Science Foundation (NSF) spokesman would not confirm the short-listed firms but said the contract will be let in September 2011. Company sources had anticipated the award by November but say the agency has met
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