Monday, July 6, 2009

Panama Canal Contract Granted - Development Continues

The Panama Canal Authority has announced the winner of the $3.4 billion contract that will double the capacity of he waterfront.

Voters approved the Panama Canal expansion, which includes a new set of locks to accommodate larger ships, in 2006. Construction began in 2007 and is due for completion in 2014, 100 years after the Canal’s inaugural construction. The new expansion will allow large cargo ships to transition between the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans in under a 10-hour timeframe. The Canal’s current capacity allows ships carrying up to 5,000 containers. After the development and expansion, the Canal will be able to accommodate ships as large as 12,000 containers.

The project was awarded to Spain’s Sacyr Vallehermoso, which partnered with Italian company, Impregilo SpA, for bidding purposes. SV beat out competitors including: Bechtel, a Mitsubishi group; Actividades de Construccion y Servicios; Acciona; Fomento de Construcciones y Contratos; and Hochtief.

According to Canal spokeswoman, Teresa Arosemena, Sacyr Vallehermoso won the project after placing a bid of $3.12 billion, far lower than competing bids. The contract was approved by the ACP, which is owned by the country. The total Canal expansion project is valued at $5.25 billion. Sacyr Vallehermoso stock rallied almost 13% after being awarded the Panama Canal contract……

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