The tender for the third bridge, located on the Atlantic side, will take place in August, according to the outgoing administrator of the Panama Canal, Alberto Alemán Zubieta.
The senior administrator "explained that once the evaluation of the companies participating in the prequalification process is complete and the tender conditions for the design and specifications of the work have been delivered, the tender will be put out", reported Panamaamerica.com.pa.
The consortium made up of the companies Odebrecht, from Brazil, and Hyundai Joint Venture, from South Korea, as well as the group composed of Acciona Infrastructures, from Spain and Tradeco, from Mexico, are participants in the prequalification act. The French company Vinci Construction Grands Projets has also received the documents.
Official estimates put the value of the work at $280 million, its construction is expected to last 32 months and the Panama Canal Authority has allocated $32 million for the project’s initial phase.
Within the ACP’s budget for the fiscal year a provision has been included for design studies for a fourth bridge over the canal, which would be located on the waters of the Pacific side and the construction of which has not yet been defined.
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