Delivers works for $432 million and receives rating 10 on risk prevention
San José. The Costa Rican company Constructora MECO successfully delivered the 3 infrastructure megaprojects that were hired as part of the Panama Canal expansion which will open on Sunday June 26th.
The works constructed by MECO included excavation of 4 kilometers of the new channel of the canal, the construction of 4 Borinquen dams that will support Post Panamax vessels and the creation of 5 kilometers of the new approach channel. The works also included cleaning 190 hectares contaminated with unexploded ordnance.
To carry out the works in this important interoceanic navigation route, the Costa Rican company took advantage of a dedicated team of collaborators, technology and careful process control. The delivered works are approximately $432 million, and despite their high complexity level because of the grounds and materials used, the Company received rating 10 on risk management.
Jose Alfredo Sánchez, Regional Vice-President of Constructora MECO, pointed out that the Panama Canal has been the drive to work with world-class standards and the opportunity that has opened the doors for large projects abroad.
For the last 20 years, Constructora MECO has been participating in multiple works for the expansion of the Canal, and starting in 2008, it got awarded in these three major projects, that, as part of this megaproject, will allow passage of Post Panamax vessels of up to 366 meters long and 49 wide with a capacity of up to 14,000 containers
For the execution of the works, Constructora MECO associated with the international companies EPSA, ICA and FCC and met the requirements in terms of size, term, quality, occupational safety and environmental respect required by the Panama Canal Authority.
Constructora MECO also performs major works in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Colombia.
Borinquen Dams was one of the main technical challenges for Constructora Meco, since they must support the waters of Lake Gatun with the new Pacific access channel, to allow ships transit along the Panama Canal. Its construction required the excavation of 18 million cubic meters in 3.1 kilometers, with a cost of $ 126 million.
The award of the “North Pacific Expansion Canal” or PAC 3, involved the excavation of 8 million cubic meters to the +27 level in the approach channel, with a value of $ 37 million. Upon completion of PAC3, the Panama Canal Authority granted MECO rating 10, the highest in labor risk prevention.
Meanwhile, the “Pacific Access Channel 4” or PAC4 meant digging 4 more kilometers of the Pacific access channel and the construction of the fourth 2.3-kilometer long clay and rock-fill dam, with a value of $ 268 million.
Much of the success in the construction of projects by MECO is due to the equipment used, including 110 units: 40-ton dumpers and 45-ton excavators for soft materials. For higher volume activities, such as earth and rock excavation, rigid 50-ton trucks and 90-ton excavators were sent to the site.
The project of the expansion of the Panama Canal, including the construction phase of the third set of locks is listed as the most constructive effort in history.
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