The North Pacific channel excavation, which will be located west of Pedro Miguel and locks, is the first of five dry excavation projects that will help link the new post-Panamax locks at the Pacific end of the Canal to the existing Gaillard Cut. It represents approximately 16% of the total excavation required for the new Pacific Locks Access Channel.
Work under the contract will include the removal of non-classified material and disposal of excavated material, together with the construction of new gravel roads and ditches.
“We are making history with the release of the first construction project tender. The Expansion is moving forward with great progress,” said ACP engineering and programmes management director Jorge L. Quijano. “We hope to attract firms with significant experience in this type of work as we begin this important phase of the project.”