Tender for third set of locks suffers setback again

The tender for the most important expansion of the Panama Canal, for $2.73 billion, has accumulated a 7 month delay.

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Panama Canal Authority said, however, that the execution of the Widening Program will not be affected and that the decision was taken "in response to the request by some of the consortiums in order improve their proposals.

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Over $5 billion in total investment, 12.6 million cubic meters of earth removed, 2,600 workers and the world's largest dredger.

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