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Waste Water Treatment Plant Of Paso Canoa Collapsed

Infrastructure UpgradesThe director of the Institute of National Aqueducts and Sewerage (IDAAN) in Chiriquí, Zenón González denied the collapse of the waste-water treatment plant in Paso Canoa being caused by the institution.

González said the irresponsibility of Paso Canoa merchants, not only restaurants and industries, but of its own stores, has led to the collapsing of the treatment plant.

"They throw everything in there... From bags, condoms and even fabric items making it impossible for the plant to operate, because they get stuck on the ground." said González. Emphasizing the merchants do not have the required traps for fat which the health requires, increasing the problem.

We have worked for several days in the treatment plant and we will normalize its operation in the next few hours, but traders need to support us by building traps for waste, said the director of IDAAN. (TVN)

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Bonds Will Be Issued By Tocumen For $600 Million

Infrastructure UpgradesTocumen, S.A. will launch a bond issue for $600 million to finance the construction of the South Terminal project, which requires an investment of $679.4 million.

This would be issued by the ends of June or early July, according to calculations made by Juan Carlos Pino, manager of the company.

According to Pino, funds will also be used to expand the capacity of the existing terminal. "We need to build new taxiways to speed the transit of aircrafts in the terminal during rush hours," he said.

With the amendment introduced by the Government in 2011 to the Fiscal Social Responsibility Act, debt contracted by the entities Tocumen, S.A., Empresa Nacional de Autopistas y Empresa de Transmision Electrica, S.A. will not be part of the Government’s tax balance sheet. (Prensa)

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Director Of The ASEP Asks For Permission To Construct Hydroelectric Plants

Infrastructure Upgrades"I urge them to allow us, and i say this on behalf of the whole country, allow us to complete these projects," said Zelmar Rodríguez, director of Public Service Authority (ASEP), referring to the construction of hydroelectric plants.

The director explained they would allow a larger generation of energy compared to the generation which the country has right now, and "we would not be in the situation we are" and the system would not be so vulnerable.

Rodríguez said not only the construction of hydroelectric plants would be an option but the wind farms, solar panels, gas, endless technology could help further energy generation in Panama.

"Unfortunately we learn from the punches we receive, and I think with this we must raise awareness,", at the same time she said with the energy crisis we are going through, people should use a rational amount of energy at their homes or jobs. (Panama America)

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Between June And July The Lack Of Water Problems Will Be Fixed

Infrastructure UpgradesThe director of the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewage Systems, Abdiel Cano, said between June and July they will be starting the construction of the hydraulic ring, to solve the water shortage in east Panama.

The project at a cost of $ 200 million has already been tendered and construction will move water from the water treatment tanks of Chilibre to Tocumen, this reduces the water transportation of the Pacora water plant, said Cano.

He said in addition to this, reinforcing lines will be constructed and studies are done to open 300 and 400 meters deep wells.

Cano said with the support of satellite technology, they will determine the locations of waters at that depth, so they can construct wells to support the production of water in the dry season.

Cano said the water supply problems in three points in east Panama is due to the growth of the population in the area and the filthiness of those residents and the lack of investment for more than 20 years.

He also said the problem is not production but distribution by the absence of lines of acceptable distribution networks and because of serious damage of the water plant, which took 3 days to repair.

He said this while complaints in east Panama's population increase and also the residents near Pacora because of the lack of drinking water. (TVN)

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Bad Planning Causes Low Energy Supply Crisis

Infrastructure UpgradesFernando Aramburú Porras, an economist and former director of the IRHE, said the current energy crisis prevailing in the country is the result of poor planning by the Etesa transmission company

Porras said every year there is the problem of drought and delay in the entry of the rainy season, however, the government should have planned a system to calculate the amount of growth of electricity demand and the ability to broadcast through the thermal and hydro plants and other sources.

He noted, electricity demand was between 3% and 4%, but now it has grown between 6% and 7%.

"The government has to understand, the higher the economic, the more increase in the demand," he said.

He said this government has made an effort in new investments and contracting for power generation and transmission, however, he says it is now too late to make any better changes. (Critica)

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The Intersection Between Via Brasil and Via Israel Will Be Closed For A Month

Infrastructure UpgradesThe Ministry of Public Works (MOP), and the FCC announced that starting Wednesday May 8, 2013 from 6:00 a.m., Via Brasil will be closed at the intersections between Via Israel and Calle 50.

To maintain a fast traffic flow, Via Israel and/or Punta Pacifica can be accessed through Calle 65 and 69 east.

Access to Calle 50 (coming from Punta Pacifica) will be enabled through Calle 59 East and Calle 65 East.

At the same time, they will be detouring traffic at the three stages at the entrance of Via Brasil and Punta Pacifica, ensuring the circulation on the two lanes.

The 1st. detour will be in the adjacent area to the former IDAAN Collection Center.

The 2nd. detour will be in the central area of the entrance towards Punta Pacifica.

The 3rd. detour will be in the adjacent area to the Professional School Isabel Herrera Obaldía.

These works will prevail for about a month and are being done to install the line crossing the underpass piles of Via Israel.

They are directly linked to the Via Brazil Corridor Project, part of the Road Reorganization Plan of the City of Panama and will have its corresponding signals required for the execution of the works and also to help guide drivers around.

For complaints and suggestions they recommend users to call the 311 hotline for citizens or dial 377-3700.(Telemetro)

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The Challenge Of Educating The Population About The Subway In Panama

Infrastructure Upgrades"A subway station is not the same thing as a bus stop." With this approach, Saira Marulanda, a spokeswoman for the Secretariat of the Panama Subway, talks about the education users will have to acquire with the new transportation system in the city.

To address this important task, Marulanda announced that next week, a new publicity campaign of this work will start, with the exhibition of the Subway wagon, which was recently displayed at the Expocomer 2013 fair.

This way, the public will perceive an actual wagon; know its capacity of passengers and operation of this system, among other aspects. "We are aware that educating Panamanian citizens is not an easy task", said the official.

Due to this, the Panama Metro Secretariat developed the program "Metrocultura" since last year. This program is specially developed for schools near this construction.

From the Panama Metro Secretariat it was reported that in addition to the exhibition of the wagon at the Albrook Terminal, which will be on display until November, they will have a similar exposition in Westland Mall until August, in Arraijan.

Both areas gather potential clients of this transportation system. Only in the Albrook Terminal, about 250 thousand people pass daily. Both sites will show educational videos and configuration details of the station setting, user rules, among others.

This entity began distributing leaflets with useful information for the costumer since last year, during different events in the country. However, they said they will go to schools to share the latest information.

As an overall picture, Marulanda gave information on what you should know when using the Subway of Panama:

- The first step is the user entering the station.
- At this place, the card must be recharged. If there are enough funds, he or she may pass the card through the swivel.
- Then the user must go to the lobby where he or she has to decide whether he or she is going to Albrook or Los Andes.
- After this the user must wait for the train. At this point, they will get more details of the locations, times and frequency of the train, through bulletin boards.
- Also the users will be informed about pet policies, luggage policies, the use of electronic devices, as well as safety and displacement standards they must take at all times.(La Prensa)

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There Is A New Old Panama

Infrastructure UpgradesThe president, Ricardo Martinelli, said no other government had done something so favorable for the people of Panama Viejo, as it is the construction of the new road "Cincuentenario".

Martinelli, speaking at the opening ceremony, said the new route is part of the road improvement and transformation project to ease traffic in the city and its major arteries.

He said the Puente del Rey (King’s Bridge) was falling apart and none of the previous administrations did something to get it recovered.

He stressed that through this work part of the historical heritage was recovered, as through the construction works many important archaeological findings were discovered.

The president said the construction of the new road will include sports areas for the children of Panama Viejo, work developed by the company Odebrecht for the amount of $175 million.

He said he has ordered the Minister of Public Works, Jaime Ford, to begin the studies for the construction of a flyover in the area of Costa del Este, in order to ease vehicular traffic flyover East Coast area, to ease vehicular traffic in the zone where there are many housing developments and a large commercial and industrial growth .

The president, Ricardo Martinelli, is confident that soon it will start raining to regulate the national energy system.

He said the Government took the main role by reducing the hours in schedules of public offices to address the energy crisis, and all this in order to avoid rationing.

The president urged the general public to save energy to avoid rationing.

In another aspect, he did not stress over the negotiations that the Popular Party and the Panamenista Party will be undertaking with the purpose of allying, looking forward to the general elections in 2014, and he only laughed about it.

President Martinelli expressed these views in the middle of the opening ceremony of the new road Cincuentenario in Panama Viejo.

This lane is part of the road realignment project, which includes the closure of the road Cincuentenario and the opening of the new one.

This new road consists of 4 large vehicle lanes, work performed by the company Odebrecht, at a cost of $122 million.

The Ministry of Public Works (MOP), Jaime Ford, said “the current road [Cincuentenario] will be closed to preserve the Monumental Historic Group of Panama Viejo, and in its place the new road will be used”.

Ford said it is already planned to have the Cincuentenario road fixed by “building it from stone as it used to be in its times”. (Critica)

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Road Work Prompts Lane Closures Near Centennial Bridge

Infrastructure UpgradesWork being done on the sides of the access road to the Centennial Bridge, specifically in the area near the old Chivo - Chivo antenna farm, will prompt the closure of two lanes, one in each direction.

The construction will take place from Tuesday, May 7, to Thursday, May 9, from 9:00 pm to 3:00 am, with the work being done at night in order to lessen the impact on traffic.

This work is related to the construction project of the basic infrastructure, and the east access interchange of the Centennial Bridge from the area of the former Chivo - Chivo antenna field. (Mi Diario)

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Mega-Project To Clean Up The Bay of Panama Now 87% Complete

Infrastructure UpgradesA couple of weeks ago, during the meeting of businessmen from Mesoamerica – which took place before the meeting of the governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) - President Ricardo Martinelli said during his speech his government was in the middle of a process of cleaning up the Bay of Panama and Panama City, and that by 2014 people will be able to swim in these beaches as they do in Miami or Brazil.

The truth is that today the long running project to clean up the Bay of Panama is now 87% complete. However, the process of cleaning the waters of the bay itself could take much longer.

Project managers explained there is no precise knowledge of how long this cleaning process will take, because the process is completely natural, and it depends on sea conditions, currents, salinity and even sunlight, among other factors.

Franklin Vergara, former minister of health, during a statement in 2011, said this natural process should start once the sanitation system is fully operational, which will take place in 2015.

But he had also said the Government was considering a project to build another treatment plant as part of the second stage of the project.

"The financing for this project will be in the order of between $190 to $239 million, and in order to have it ready by 2015 the construction should have started in 2012, but this decision has not been taken," he said.

Spokesmen from the project explained the project is currently in its first phase, including the construction of the sewerage and collector networks, and the second phase which includes the interceptor system (tunnel) and the waste water treatment plant.

The total cost of this project will be about $600 million, of which so far $529.8 million has already been spent, and these figures were calculated in March 2013.

The project to clean up Panama City and the Bay of Panama is a project that was started in 2006, and the main goals were: improving the health conditions by upgrading the waste water treatment facilities, and to collect and clean runoff waste water before it enters the Bay of Panama.

Initially the project had a budget of $360 million, but several factors, including the expansion of the project and material costs have doubled this figure.

This project includes four main components, the collectors, the interceptors, water treatment plants and the sewer line networks.

This project was financed through institutions and international banks. (Estrella)

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Panama aims to support solar energy

Infrastructure UpgradesBy Blanca Diaz Lopez - The Central American country is gearing up to approve a regulation, which aims to support solar energy installations. Currently, a 2.4 MW solar park with investment from Enel Green Power is being built in Panama.

A bill aimed at introducing a solar support mechanism in Panama was passed at a cabinet meeting held by the country’s government on Tuesday. No specific details on the "regime of incentives" were revealed, however.

In a statement released by the government, Panama’s secretary of Energy, Vicente Prescott, said that the goal is for solar energy to compensate for a decrease in the use of fossil fuels. It should also support parts of the population that don’t have access to commercial energy sources.

In 2008, Panama introduced a net metering regulation for renewable energy. Currently, a 2.4 MW solar park with investment from Enel Green Power is being built in the country.

The country has difficulties in energy generation, due partly to the delay in the rain season and its effects on the production of hydropower, which accounts for around half of Panama’s energy mix. (pv-magazine.com)

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Japan is interested in financing Metro Line 3 in Panama

Infrastructure UpgradesPanamanian Foreign Minister, Fernando Nunez Fabrega, revealed that the Japanese government has expressed its interest in financing the Metro Line 3 in Panama.

Fabrega, who met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Fumio Kishida, said "at this time a delegation accompanying the Japanese Foreign Minister is doing feasibility studies."

"We have been talking about Metro Line 3, which will actually be a monorail, and they are interested in financing the project so that it connects from where Line 1 ends up to Arraiján and then to La Chorrera".(Telemetro)

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Maintenance Of The Bridge Of The Americas Starts Today

Infrastructure UpgradesFrom 4:00 am to 8:30 am and from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm, one lane in each direction of the bridge of the Americas will be disabled.

This is due to the repairs which will be made on the ​​bottom slabs of the bridge, as part of the restoration work of the infrastructure the Ministry of Public Construction (MOP) holds, at a cost of $ 83 million .

Upon maintenance work, which is more than 25% complete, the Transit Authority and Land Transport (ATTT) carry the respective operations and signage for drivers transiting to and from the western area.

Nicolás Brea, ATTT Secretary General indicated they will close a complete lane, but it will be done by sections, where repairs are being performed.

He added that the maintenance will be performed during non-peak hours to avoid further traffic congestion.

He similarly recommended drivers traveling from the west to the city to use the Centenario bridge. p>MOP Reports estimate the reparation of the bridge to be completed at the end of 2013. (Siglo)

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Sector Of Energy Is Worried, How To Deal With The Situation Of Low Electricity Is Being Evaluated

Infrastructure UpgradesThe rainy season threatens the establishment, but the rainfall up to date don't seem to help water reservoirs which, after the intense summer, have had very low levels of production of electrical energy, which keeps authorities of this sector evaluating to take the rationalizing measures in Panama.

This was reported by Vicente Prescott, of the National Energy Secretariat, who explained the situation experienced by the delay of the rainy season is critical. He explained, in the Fortuna hydroelectric system (Chiriqui) and Bayano (Chepo, Panama), water levels are dangerously low, and if the rainy season doesn't start fast, they will have to start saving water until it starts raining constantly.

He said this on the subject which keeps the energy sector concerned, today there will be a meeting to try to find alternatives in order to realize energy savings.

Meanwhile, the secretary of the National Electric Energy, Fernando Díaz, said on TVN Noticias "with the water drought there is lack of energy, making it impossible for the demanded energy to be supplied."

Díaz said the dams provide 50% to 60% of power to the country, while the thermoelectric system only provides 40%. (Estrella)

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CentAm businessmen propose building gas pipeline

Infrastructure UpgradesMANAGUA, Nicaragua - A proposal by Central American businessmen to build a natural gas pipeline from Mexico to Panama will be presented during a weekend meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Central American presidents.

Nicaraguan businessman Jose Aguerri says the project would lower energy costs in the region and make its economies more competitive.

Aguerri said Tuesday that the idea was first proposed by Nicaraguan businessmen and has since gained support across Central America's private sector.

He says he hopes Obama will back the idea because the pipeline would make the region more self-sufficient.

After a two-day visit to Mexico, Obama will meet with Central American presidents in Costa Rica on Saturday. (AP)

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IDAAN To Repair And Upgrade Water Plant In Eastern Panama Province

Infrastructure UpgradesTechnicians from the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (Idaan) performed repairs on the raw water treatment plant in the Eastern part of the province of Panama.

In a statement, the office of Metropolitan Management of the institution said while they repairs are being carried out they would supply water to areas where there is the greatest need, as well as health centers and schools.

Some areas with water shortages will be Nuevo Tocumen, Nueva Esperanza, Felipillo, San Juan Tataré, Pacora, Las Garzas, Paso Blanco and Tanara. (Panama America)

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Pipeline Construction Through The Night

Infrastructure UpgradesSince 26 April 2013, construction workers have been working on the installation of a pipe on the stretch of the Cinta Costera.

In a statement, the Ministry of Public Constructions (MOP) reported the construction will run until Tuesday 30 April from 10:00 pm. to 5:00 am.

The installation of this pipe is part of the construction by the road interconnection project between Avenida Balboa and Avenida de los Poetas.

The ministry recommends drivers to follow the traffic signs and avoid mishaps which could cause incidents. (Siglo)

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National Dispatch Center Declares State of Alert - Electricity Rationing Possible

Infrastructure UpgradesThe lack of rain has forced the National Dispatch Center to declare a state of alert due to the possibility of a need for electricity rationing, because analysis and long-term planning indicates a deficit of more than 5% over the next 15 weeks.

This warning appears in a note sent last April 26 by Empresa de Transmisión Eléctrica, S.A. addressed to the administrator of the National Authority of Public Services, Zelmar Rodriguez.

The alert state is a warning regarding the unavailability of power for the authorities to take measures to avoid power rationing across the country.

Over 50% of the power generation system of Panama works through hydroelectric plants, two of them operating through reservoir hydroelectric systems (Fortuna and Bayano), and the rest of them are run-of-river hydro power stations. According to the National Dispatch Center, 48.7% of the energy received by the system on Friday came from hydro power, 26% from bunker, 20% from diesel, 3.6% from self-generation, and 1.2% from exchange energy.

The missing energy for the next four months was observed in the review of the planning study for the 17th week of 2013, covering the period between Saturday, April 27 and Friday, May 3.

"The lack of rain, which affects the low hydrology and real power showed in the units linked to the run-by-river hydropower stations, leads to uncertainty regarding having full electric power generated by these plants," says the note.

In addition to this factor, the escape of steam units in Las Minas bay caused by the failure is pointed out, associated with the coal-fired boiler, which causes 100 MW to be unavailable.

(La Prensa)

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New Bridge Over The Río Piedra

Infrastructure UpgradesFor an amount of $ 7,395,000, the Urban Construction Company, SA, will launch the construction of the new bridge over the Río Piedra, in the Vía Interamericana, district of Boqueron, Chiriqui, in May.

The director of the Ministry of Public Constructions (MOP), Roberto Lezcano, confirmed it to be 120 meters long and the structure of the bridge will be out of the Río Piedra for safety.

This safety procedure will prevent the bridge from being demolished by high tides passing through the river.

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Pipeline In Chilibre Should Be Completely Repaired Today

Infrastructure UpgradesThe Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (IDAAN) finished repairing the 72-inch pipeline of the distribution network of Federico Guardia Conte water plant in Chilibre, five hours earlier than expected.

The leak located five kilometers from the Chilibre water plant to the city of Panama, was discovered last week making the maintenance personnel of th IDAAN proceed to rectify the problem between 6:00 am. and 1:00 pm.

The reparation of the pipeline was supposed to finish in a period of 12 hours.

According to Abilio Pittí, director of the Metropolitan Region of the IDAAN, to repair this 21.5 kilometers long pipe, made it necessary to suspend water service in areas such as: Los Andes, Betania, Dos Mares, San Cristóbal, Santa Maria and El Dorado.

While other communities, also obtaining water within the pipeline area, were only affected with low water pressure.

According to Pittí, the drinking water supply in the capital city and San Miguelito should have reset to 100% in the morning hours of today. (Siglo)

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Maintenance Of The Water Plant In Chilibre Continues

Infrastructure UpgradesThe Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (IDAAN) today started maintenance work on the 66-inch pipe in the Kilómetro 5 of Chilibre, affecting the water's pressure and supplying high areas.

The maintenance involves replacing a gland to attach the steel ring and the accessories of the pipeline which carries water from the Water Treatment Plant to Chilibre into the center of the capital city.

It is estimated the maintenance to be completed at 6:00 pm, and drinking water supply will be restored gradually over the high areas. (Critica)

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IDAAN Repairs Will Cause Water Outages On Saturday

Infrastructure UpgradesThe Institute of Aqueducts and Sewage Systems (IDAAN) announced they will be repairing a 72 inch water main supplying water from the Water Treatment Plant of Chilibre to the city.

They will be working on this from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm, and this will be affecting the water pressure and the supply of water to high areas, and those areas far away from the city.

According to Abilio Pitty, IDAAN’s metropolitan director, the high areas will be affected the most; among these high areas are Miraflores, Hato Pintado, El Cangrejo, Dos Mares, the highest points in San Miguelito, Altos de Tocumen and Pedregal. They will be changing the distribution of some pipes that take the water to the capital city.(Telemetro)

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Water Will Be Suspended Due To Construction Of A Valve On Calle 50

Infrastructure UpgradesThe Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (IDAAN) will suspend water service today, to all residents of San Francisco, from 56th Street to the Vía Cincuentenario, Calle 50 and the surrounding areas.

This suspension is due to the installation of a 10-inch valve on Calle 50 and the Río Matasnillo bridge.

The water service will be suspended from 8:00 am. to 4:00 pm.

IDAAN spokesmen reported these construction to be intended to improve water service in the city of Panama. (Siglo)

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Damaged Pipe Causes Flood In Tumba Muerto

Infrastructure UpgradesA pipe was broken by personnel with heavy equipment, they are now repairing the road in the entrance of Linda Vista, in the Ricardo J. Alfaro, Tumba Muerto.

The damage to the pipe was so sever that it caused a flood in 2 lanes of the street in Ricardo J. Alfaro, this flood reaches until Clínica Yee. The flood has caused a huge traffic jam which extends until the bridge in San Miguelito.

Due to this mishap, it is suggested to drive carefully around the area while the IDAAN sends their crew to repair the pipe. (TVN)

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Casco Viejo Project Delayed, Delivery Will Now Be In December

Infrastructure UpgradesThe delivery of the "Preservation of Historical Heritage" project, in Casco Viejo will not be held in May, as the Ministry of Public Constructions (MOP) had said.

The construction of a new water system by the Norberto Odebretch company, which was not within this project, will cause the project to be completed in December.

This was confirmed yesterday by the Special Projects Director of the MOP, Carlos Ho, during a tour of inspection conducted on the Cinta Costera Phase III Project and Casco Viejo, accompanied by Jaime Ford.

This last construction consists on paving seven acres of Casco Viejo with cobblestone, installing underground telecommunication and electricity cables, as well as a new sewer system, and the construction of a pumping station which exceeds $ 37 million of the initial price.

According to Ho, the contracting company is studying what the new costs of this construction are going to be.

Julio Robles, Engineering Manager of the Norberto Odebretch company said the construction of the new pipeline must be done because the current pipeline is severely damaged.

This will be used to provide drinking water to all residents of San Felipe. According to Robles, 50% of the streets in the Casco Viejo have already been paved.

After the new deadline to deliver the project in Casco Viejo, Pitu Jaén, Neighbors Foundation of San Felipe, said more information is needed regarding street closures and suitable walking space for pedestrians. Jaén says the sidewalks are unsafe and get too dark at night.

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MOP Goes Without Revealing Cost Of Projects

Infrastructure UpgradesPublic Construction Minister, Jaime Ford, said the Cinta Costera III will be open in April 2014.

However, up until now, the government has not disclosed the cost breakdown of each of its three components: extension of the Avenida de los Poetas, marine viaduct and seawall tourism.

In addition, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has not endorsed the construction of the marine viaduct. (Prensa)

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Construction Progress On Panama City Metro (Subway) System (Video)

Infrastructure UpgradesBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Construction on the new Metro (Subway) system in Panama City continues. Recently the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) "Marta" broke through the wall into the subway station being built near the El Carmen church on Via España. This breakout signified the end of tunneling operations, and now construction workers are concentrating on finishing work on the subway stations themselves, laying down the track for the trains, installing control systems, and the like. Testing is expected to start on the system in December 2013, with full delivery by February 2014.

When shooting this video, they had positions set up for the news media and journalists on the higher levels, looking down on the point in the wall where the TBM was going to break through. I saw that the actual construction workers were about three levels down, standing in the muck and mud on the bottom level. I made my way down to them to get a unique angle and "take" on the events of that day. I hope you enjoy the video. Please send this around to share with your friends.

Video camera, production, and editing by Don Winner. Soundtrack: "Until It's Gone" by Digital Bass

Copyright 2013 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Don't forget to follow Panama Guide on Twitter. Salud.

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Contruction Of Cinta Costera III Project 55% Completed

Infrastructure UpgradesThe third phase of the Cinta Costera is 55% completed, said the director of special projects of the Ministry of Public Construction (MOP), Carlos Ho.

Ho said the completion of this construction will be delivered in April 2014.

The work involves launching a girder so the viaduct can link Avenida Balboa with Avenida de Los Poetas, making a complete connection between Avenida Balboa, Corredor Norte and Corredor Sur, making it easier for traffic to flow through the streets, he said

Ho said this project will also seek the road interconnection necessary to decrease the amount of traffic in the city, so there wont be many complications with traffic jams, and it also has the basic concept of social and economic integration for the residents of the surrounding areas.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Public Constructions, Jaime Ford, said the Cinta Costera III, as with the construction of the projects of Albrook, Avenida Nacional and Avenida de Los Martires, will also improve traffic flow in the east and west areas of the capital city.

Ho's statements came during a tour of the Cinta Costera III project, undertaken by authorities today, Monday 22 April 2013. (Panama America)

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IDAAN Will Change The Material Of The Manhole Covers In The City To Prevent Them From Being Stolen

Infrastructure UpgradesThe Institute of National Aqueducts and Sewers (Idaan) has a plan to change the material of the manhole covers in the city because the current ones are made out of iron and are easily stolen.

Abilio Pittí the metropolitan chief of the Idaan told Telemetro Reporta, The company has installed 20 new manhole covers, but they are going to change the material to plastic.

He then added," The 311 Citizen Service Center have received throughout this year, 66 complaints because of the lack of manhole covers for the sewers."

Usually, according to Pittí, these thefts are at night in areas with little traffic and without surveillance. (Panama America)

Editor's Comment: They've been talking about doing this for a long time, and have been slowly implementing the switch to the new non-metallic manhole covers. Crack heads and drug addicts will steal the old manhole covers and sell them as scrap metal. The scrap metal dealers know they are not supposed to accept those but they do anyway. I think the IDAAN is going to just slowly replace the one's that are stolen with the new hard plastic manhole covers. So, if no one ever steals them, then there's no need to replace, right? Makes sense. This issue has been a problem for a long time. Glad to see it's getting resolved.

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The Third Phase Of The Cinta Costera Will Be Delivered In Different Phases

Infrastructure UpgradesThe third phase of the Cinta Costera will be ready for the first quarter of next year and within 45 days partial deliveries of the project will start.

Public Construction Minister, Jaime Ford, said that the first partial delivery of the construction would occupy an area of six acres with kiosks, restaurants and green areas.

"The Cinta Costera is very important and we will have it completely ready in the first quarter of 2014," Said Ford.

He denied there is a delay in the construction and says everything will be delivered according to the schedule agreed in the contract.

He also said in the construction of the sections one and two of the Corredor in Vía Brasil, there have been issues because it was not removed in a timely manner and public utilities had not gotten permission from some owners to work around their property.

"We are working in order to remove the public utilities, so the contractors can have a good amount of space to work."

According to Ford's words, these two innovations will be complete in the first quarter of 2014. (Panama America)

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