ACP fails to reach an agreement with GUPC on contract cost claim

The Panama Canal Administrator, Jorge Quijano, said the consortium responsible for the design and construction of the third set of locks (GUPC) is seeking to negotiate with the ACP outside of the contract.

“We have argued that we should consider, due to the high costs they had not anticipated and not necessarily followed in the process, but to reach an agreement outside the contract,” Quijano said.

construction of the third set of locks

However, the administrator said they have been clear and will continue what was stated in the contract, which contains all the facilities so that they can raise their claims for additional costs and sustain them.

The administrator said that representatives of the company that bears the bond on the project were in Panama and advised them to follow the terms of the contract to ensure sustaining the bond. “We would be remiss to ignore the recommendations of the surety group, who have the power to finish the work if necessary,” he said. The bonds are for a total of $600 million.

Grupo Unidos por el Canal maintains a claim for more than $580 million against the ACP. However, Quijano said the consortium “ has said, but has not substantiated” that it could place another claim for more than $800 million, which would add up to $1,300 million for the company’s appreciation of high costs in the work, which he considered out of range. Quijano said that this work only lacks 29% to completion, since it currently has a total advance of 71%.

Quijano’s statements came during the recognition of the contribution of dredging leading up to the Panama Canal Centennial.

Jorge Quijano, el administrador del Canal de Panamá afirmó que el consorcio encargado del diseño y construcción del tercer juego de esclusas Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) busca negociar con la Autoridad del Canal de Panamá (ACP) fuera del contrato.

“Nos han planteado que deberíamos reconsiderar, debido a los altos costos que ellos no habían anticipado y que no necesariamente debería seguirse el proceso, sino que se podría llegar a un acuerdo fuera del contrato,” dijo Quijano.

Sin embargo, el administrador señaló que han sido claros y que seguirán lo planteado en el contrato, que contiene todas las facilidades para que ellos puedan presentar sus costos adicionales y sustentarlos.

El administrador destacó que repGrupo Unidos por el Canal mantiene un reclamo por más de $580 millones de contra la ACP. Sin embargo, Quijano señaló que el consorcio “ha presentado su reclamo, más no lo ha sustentado. Además podría darse otro reclamo por más de $800 millones, lo que daría un total de $1,300 millones por apreciación de la empresa por los altos costos de la obra, lo que considera fuera de rango. Quijano indicó que esta es una obra a la que solo le falta un 29% para culminarse, ya que en total registra un avance actual de 71%.

Las declaraciones de Quijano se dieron durante el reconocimiento al aporte del dragado en el marco del Centenario del Canal de Panamá.

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