Spanish companies, to «hunt» for new projects in Panama



The Panamanian government plans to tender in the coming months projects worth about 4,000 million dollars, an amount that is part of an ambitious investment program amounting to 19.000 million until 2019 and has attracted the interest of Spanish companies.

This is the case of groups like Sacyr and ACS, who bid for the construction of a fourth bridge over the Panama Canal valued at 1,000 million dollars. The first comes in consortium with Korean Hyundai, while the ACS group does through its subsidiary Dragados.

Among the flagship projects that want to launch the Republic of Panama is the metro line 3, a contract that is expected to go to tender expected next year, as noted by the Spanish Minister of Development in office, Ana Pastor, in a meeting with journalists.

In June last year, Panama officially awarded the project of Line 2 of the capital of the Brazilian-Spanish consortium formed by Odebrecht and FCC 1,857.7 million meter. Line 1, also built by Odebrecht and FCC for about 2,100 million dollars, became operational in April 2014.

With the upcoming auctions projected by the Panamanian government, the Spanish companies seek to repeat the success achieved in 2015, when contracts were awarded in the country for an amount of 1,700 million recalled the head of Development.

As part of this plan, one civilian infrastructure of the highlights of Latin America- the Panamanian government wants to also address a commuter train and a logistics center associated with the Panama Canal, which will open on June 26.

He has also put out to tender contracts renewal of roads 175 million and plans to make improvements in ports, undertake a rehabilitation plan (mainly housing) in the city of Colon, located on the Caribbean coast of Panama, or build a large health center in the country.

As part of his visit to Panama, Pastor took the opportunity to meet with the country’s president, Juan Carlos Varela, as well as Spanish and Panamanian businessmen.

In addition, it has awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit Roberto Roy, Minister of Canal Affairs, who stressed his ability to build bridges and solve problems.

Meanwhile, Roy stressed in a ceremony at the Spanish embassy that the country is much more than known as «Panama roles.»

Pastor also stressed the «copyright» that distinguishes the Spanish infrastructure, while applauded finally consiguiesen overcome tensions that had to face the consortium in charge of expanding the Panama Canal led by Sacyr «when no It was hard for it. «

In addition to Pastor also found in Panama Sacyr president, Manuel Manrique; President of Ineco, Jesus Silva (who was once ambassador of Spain in Panama) and the High Commissioner for Brand Spain, Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros.