Call for Bids for the Final Contract of the Panama Canal

A call for bids will begin at the end of July for the fourth and last contract for the dry excavation of the Expansion Program of the Panama Canal.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


The Panama Canal Authority (PCA) has scheduled the publication of the terms of the contract, which is considered the second most important of the expansion project, at the end of July.

According to, “The contract…will complete the construction of the Pacific Access Causeway, a 6.1 kilometer extension that will unite the third set of locks in the Pacific with Corte Culebra, detailed a press release from the entity.”

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The deadline for submitting bids for the fourth and last dry excavation project was postponed to December 10th.

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The group in charge of the construction of the fourth tranche accessing the Pacific has asked for arbitration over its demand for an additional $44 million as well as more time.

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