Ten British engineering and construction companies have been chosen to bid for the first lot of emergency repair and reconstruction contracts in newly liberated Kuwait, The Financial Times reported Thursday.

The companies were told that details of their bids must be submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers by Friday for consideration. Firms could be chosen within 24 hours after the tenders are received to begin the repairs urgently needed, the newspaper said.The Army Corps of Engineers said individual contracts to help repair the devastation of the nearly seven-month Iraqi occupation will be worth between $1.04 million and $3.13 million, the newspaper reported.

The 10 British firms were among 36 companies invited to submit tenders. Also on the list were 12 American companies, 10 Saudi, two French, one Kuwaiti and one Cypriot.