Panama Canal Receives Statement of Qualifications From Several Consortia Vying to Design and Build New Locks
- FOUR WORLD-CLASS CONSORTIA FORMED TO BUILD HISTORIC NEW LOCKS
- 30 COMPANIES FROM 13 COUNTRIES SUBMIT QUALIFICATIONS
PANAMA CITY, Panama, November 16, 2007 – In what will be the largest contract under the Panama Canal’s Expansion Program – to design and build the new locks – the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) received statements of qualifications yesterday from the four consortia vying for the job.
On August 27, the ACP released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the construction of the new set of locks to be built under the Canal’s Expansion Program. The four consortia that responded, which are comprised of 30 companies from 13 countries, yesterday submitted a Statement of Qualification (SOQ). In the next step, the ACP will evaluate the SOQs from the four prospective firms based on pass/fail criteria and capabilities. The firms that meet the basic requirements will pass to the second and final round. In this latter and final round, the ACP will release a request for proposal (RFP), and the consortia that have made it to this round will submit proposals. The ACP expects to release the RFP in the coming weeks.
“Four superb, world-class consortia submitted SOQs yesterday. The locks project is the most important contract under the Expansion Program, and we foresee strong competition for the project. The companies that have submitted qualifications are true pros with a wealth of experience, which means that the prospect of completing the Canal’s expansion on time and with the expected quality, is very good,” said ACP Executive Vice President of Engineering and Program Management Jorge L. Quijano. “The reputation of these global contractors and their solid ability to compete bodes very well for the project. Now, we will work diligently in reviewing the submissions and list those that have met our basic requirements and move to release the RFP.”
The charts below highlight the consortia that submitted the SOQ:
Consorcio Atlántico-Pacífico de Panamá
Bechtel, Taisei, Mitsubishi Corporation
Grupo Unidos por el Canal
Prior to submitting the qualifications, a total of 144 representatives from North, Central, and South American, Asian and European firms visited the areas where the new locks will be built and attended an informational meeting regarding the contract.
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