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Panama Canal begins pre-tending process for new locks

Panama: The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has released a 'Request for Qualifications (RFQ)', part one of the process to determine the firm that will design and build the new set of locks to be built as part of its expansion program. The ACP is expected to release a short list of four prospective firms for the project by end-November 2007.

"We expect firms from all around the globe to respond; this is the most important contract within the Expansion Program," said Jorge L. Quijano, ACP evp for Engineering and Program Management. "Over the last several months we have seen a number of international consortia being formed to participate in our contracting process, all with a keen interest to undertake the design and construction of this project of global significance. There are many talented and creative firms out there that have the technical and financial strength to carry out this work successfully. We look forward to selecting, towards the end of next year, the consortium that submits the best proposal."   [30/08/07]

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