Defence Ministry is set to decide upon ABG and Pipavav’s financial and technical capability to handle an Rs 20,000 crore contract for the construction of four Landing Platform Dock (LPDs) for the Navy. Also the L&T has already been selected for the contract. If both the yards are cleared by the MoD, the next step would be the opening of commercial offers of the three yards, with the winner being decided on the basis of the lowest price offered. While L&T had tied up with Spain's Navantia for the contract, Pipavav has an agreement with French shipbuilder DCNS and ABG is tied up with US based Alion. As per the plan, the winning private sector yard would construct two of the LPDs at their facilities and would assist defence owned Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL) to construct the remaining two.