07 March 2012
Two consortia and one individual company have submitted prequalification documents to build the bridge on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal.
The three are:
- Odebrecht - Hyundai Joint Venture (Brazil - Korea)
- Acciona Infraestructuras - Tradeco (Spain - Mexico)
- Vinci Construction Grands Projets (France)
The double-plane, twin pylon, cable-stayed bridge will carry two lanes of traffic in each direction. Its length will be 4.6km and it will stand 75m above sea level.
The pre-qualification process is the first of two stages to determine which company or consortium will be tasked with building the bridge.
The evaluation process will be based on best-value criteria. Participants will be judged on technical criteria, experience and financial capability.
Those that meet the basic requirements will move to the second and final phase of the process, for which the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) will release a request for proposals.
The names of the prequalified bidders will be announced in about 45 days so that they may participate in the second stage of the process.
The deadline to receive proposals is scheduled for July of 2012.
The bridge will be located 3km north of Gatun Locks and the new Post-Panamax locks on the Atlantic-side province of Colon.