Panama Canal Experts Selected to Evalute Bids
Monday, February 16 2009 @ 07:47 PM UTC
Contributed by: Don Winner
Proposals for the new set of locks contract will be submitted to the ACP March 3 and separated into two categories – price and technical. Price proposals will be moved to an independent and secure environment while technical proposals are evaluated. The 15 Committee members will asses select aspects of each technical proposal in separate teams divided by areas of expertise.
During the evaluation process, members will receive support from more than 40 local and international specialists and work in coordination with the ACP’s Official Contracting Office. The ACP also hired Deloitte to audit the technical review process and certify the Committee follows the rigorous analysis procedure to evaluate the bids.
The four pre-qualified consortia are comprised of more than 30 companies and include the following: Consorcio C.A.N.A.L.; Consorcio Atlántico-Pacífico de Panamá; Consortia Bechtel, Taisei, Mitsubishi Corporation; and Consorcio Grupo Unidos por el Canal. The winner of this contract will design and construct the new set of locks that will create the new lane of traffic along the Canal. Construction for the expansion project is slated to conclude by 2014, ultimately doubling Canal capacity to more than 600 million Panama Canal tons and allowing more traffic and the transit of longer, wider ships.