Panama Canal Cold Storage Contract Awarded to Dutch and US Companies

Holland's N.R. Koeling and North American company North Star Ice Equipment will carry out the project to provide industrial concrete refrigeration equipment.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The equipment will be used by the “Grupo Unidos por el Canal” (GUPC) consortium in its construction of the new set of locks for the Panama Canal.

N.R. Koeling will supply two large flake ice facilities to support the concrete production process. One will be located on the Atlantic side of the canal and the other in the Pacific. Equipment for the facilities will be provided by North Star Ice Equipment.

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Canal Expansion: Construction Company Confirms Stoppage

February 2014

Grupo Unidos por el Canal has announced the suspension of works, with suppliers and workers appearing as the first victims.

There are about three hundred subcontractors and suppliers to the construction consortium GUPC and about 3000 workers, the first to be directly affected by the stoppage of work on the expansion of the Canal, as the company declares insolvency after being unable to pay debts and wages.

$586 million Law Suit by Canal Constructor Rejected

May 2013

The consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal filed a law suit for $585.9 million because of increased costs in building the new locks in the waterway of the Panama Canal.

However, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) denied the request by the consortium GUPC on based on a number of reasons including the quality of materials used to produce the aggregate for the concrete.

Eaton Wins Panama Canal Contract

December 2011

The contract is for $27 million to provide equipment design, electrical installation and engineering services for power distribution in the expansion of the Canal.

The contract is for three years and the work will be done in conjunction with Grupo Unidos Por El Canal, SA (GUPC), the main contractor responsible for the redevelopment of the Panama Canal, and is scheduled for completion in 2014, the year of the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Canal.

Hyundai to Supply Canal Valves

October 2010

South Korea's Hyundai Heavy Industries will provide the valves for the new Panama Canal locks.

Hyundai signed a contract with Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), under which Hyundai will design, provide materials, build and install these components for the new locks.

These valves are located at the gates and water basins.

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