The Executive Branch is considering the cancellation of the lease agreement between Ferrovías and Cobigua after the Attorney General's Office filed a complaint alleging anomalies.
The Executive is evaluating whether it will declare invalid the lease agreement between Compañía Desarrolladora Ferroviaria (Ferrovías) and Compañía Bananera Guatemalteca Independiente (Cobigua) days after the PGN filed a suit with the Public Prosecutor to start an investigation to determine " ... who were the people responsible for signing the contract, in addition to identifying what legal standards were used by Ferrovías to finalise the aforementioned contract, since that company has no power over the state." See "Corruption denounce in the concessioning and management of Puerto Quetzal" Lahora.gt reports that "...The contract entitles Cobigua to use the port of Puerto Barrios, Izabal, until 2048, after the expiry last year of the onerous usufruct contract, awarded in 1990. In the view of the former Attorney General of the Nation, Maria Eugenia Villagran, Ferrovías had no authority to give the port administration over to Cobigua."
The contract signed with the concessionaire of the next international airport of Honduras establishes that Toncontin must be closed down. "At this moment" they want to change that contract.
In a demonstration of how insecure the signing of contracts for large public works projects can be in some countries on the isthmus, in the view of the government of Honduras "... the vision at this moment is to not close Toncontin and for Palmerola to start operating and look for a project that is feasible and profitable. "
The government has canceled a $155 million contract signed in 2012 with the company Hidalgo & Hidalgo, for the construction of an irrigation system in Tonosí.
The resolution by the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA) states that after having failed to negotiate a solution over the amount that the company must repay the state for an advance which was handed over to start the project, the decision was taken to suspend the agreement .
The company that won the tender to build a 14 Mw photovoltaic plant has withdrawn from the project, meaning that it will be put out to tender again.
The Autonomous Executive Commission of the Lempa River (CEL) argues that Juwi, the company that initially won the contract to develop the project, wanted to make changes to the contract, arguing that the document did not contain "satisfactory conditions".
The Supreme Court has temporarily suspended the contract between the government and the Italian company Finmeccanica for the purchase of 19 radars.
The contract was suspended by the Third Division of Administrative Litigation of the Supreme Court (CSJ) after the Varela administration filed a lawsuit days ago and one year after stopping the execution of the project, being carried out by the company Selex, a subsidiary of Finmeccanica.
The government of Panama has filed a lawsuit to annul the contract for the purchase of 19 radars from the Italian company Finmeccanica and a temporary suspension while the claim is being settled.
A year after stopping the execution of the project to install radars provided by the company Selex, the Varela administration is now asking for the cancelation of this contract, arguing, among other things, that "... there is 'misuse of power' in contracting with the conglomerate Finmeccanica, which owns Selex. The government requested in the application presented to the Third Chamber of the Supreme Court the provisional suspension of the contract.
The new delays in testing the 300 MW coal plant mean that it will not be ready to fulfill the contract obligations to start supplying energy on May 1.
For the third time a delay has been reported in testing synchronization of equipment installed in the plant with the National Interconnected System (SIN by its initials in Spanish) due to lack of technical coordination between the generator and the administration of the Wholesale Market. The plant will not begin operations as expected by the scheduled date, therefore a replacement supplier is being sought.
The Tourism Authority of Panama has announced that it will terminate the contract with the consortium HPC-Contrata-P & V and that there are three companies interested in finishing the work in Amador.
As previously announced, the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP) began the process of changing the contractor to finish the work of the Convention Center in Amador, and the three companies showing interest are the Asian company China Engineering, the Brazilian company Norberto Odebrecht and the Mexican institution Ica.
Due to the existence of unresolved issues related to environmental management and cultural heritage the suspension of construction of the hydroelectric station Barro Blanco, in Chiriquí, has been proposed, a project which is already 95% complete and which will generate 28 MW.
The High Level Committee responsible for assessing compliance with the requirements established in the concession contract will recommend suspending the construction project because, besides environmental violations, "... there are a number of unresolved issues, for which it corresponds to the State to uphold the commitments established between the company and the community. "
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