US engineering firm Jacobs is said to be in talks to acquire its smaller rival CH2M. 

Jacobs parliament

UK’s Houses of Parliament in London

The Dallas-based company is keen to expand its UK presence, and CH2M has had involvement in London’s US$5.5 billion Thames Tideway Tunnel and the US$5.2 billion restoration of the UK capital’s Houses of Parliament.

Although neither firm has commented on the rumour, it is reported that the price for CH2M could be around US$1.5 billion – having been reduced due to the firm’s recent loss of its contract on London’s high-speed rail system, HS2.

Jacobs reported revenue of US$10.9 billion in 2016, and employees around 54,000 staff worldwide.

CH2M reported revenue in 2016, slightly down from the previous year, but is also facing liabilities on contracts, including a major toll road project in Texas.

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