The official announcement is this week, apparently.
The Bushmills, I am told, is flowing.....
As others have mentioned, the parameters that were set are designed to ensure a level playing field for all potential bidders.
In Shetland, for instance, the parameters were designed in such a way to protect (but not insulate) the local contractors from predatory pricing by businesses who had no long-term local connections.
According to senior Comhairle officers, this was impossible. And given the attitude of certain senior Councillors to the local building trade, such a policy was never going to be driven forward.
One local contractor was asking the Council when he could expected any work to be put out to tender. The straight and deadly serious answer was, "28 years. After the schools maintenance tender is completed."