Moving forward with the next phase of its Expansion Program, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has released a request for proposals (RFP) today soliciting bids for the third of four dry excavation projects.

This dry excavation project will help to create a critical access channel that will link the new Pacific locks with the Canal’s existing Gaillard Cut (the narrowest stretch of the Panama Canal). The scope of work will include the excavation, removal and disposal of eight million cubic meters of material. Moreover, the RFP calls for demolishing the Cocoli Bridge and clearing 190 hectares of unexploded ordnances (UXOs), remnants from former United States training facilities in the Canal Zone.

“The release of the third dry excavation RFP is yet another example that the Expansion Program is on track and proceeding with great progress,” said Jorge L. Quijano, Executive Vice President of Engineering and Program Management . “We look forward to selecting the best firm for the job, as we complete this crucial component of expansion.”

Similar to the first and second dry excavation projects, this contract will be awarded to the firm or consortia with the lowest priced proposal that meets all of the RFP’s requirements. Proposals are due November 18, 2008.

Expansion will build a new lane of traffic along the Panama Canal through the construction of a new set of locks that will double capacity and allow more traffic and longer, wider ships.