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Final bids for SKA in

A committee evaluating the bids for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is due to hand over its...

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A committee evaluating the bids for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is due to hand over its recommendations on Tuesday, marking an important milestone on the road to the concluding announcement.

South Africa and its partner countries are competing against Australia and New Zealand for a chance to build the world's most powerful radio telescope.

A decision on who will win the bid is expected before April.

The SKA siting group has spent months weighing up the bids and will deliver its verdict to an advisory committee on Tuesday.

This committee will have around a week to make its own recommendations before passing it onto the board of directors, who will make the last decision.

The time frame of the final stretch will depend on whether the committees have found a clear winner or believe both countries are equally capable.

South Africa’s project director Bernie Fanaroff said, “We’re very focused to be working on the telescope and we’re also very excited to hear what the outcome will be.”

He said there were no formal discussions of a shared-bid but it could be a possibility.

(Edited by Clare Matthes)

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