GUPC morning test first gate on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal

“The evidence of movement of the first gate of the Atlantic sector have been very successful and now we will proceed with the first Pacific side,” said the president of GUPC, Giuseppe Quarta.
The gate to be tested tomorrow is the number 7 and is in the lower house of the Pacific locks complex, the group said in a statement issued Tuesday.
It is a structure of 58 meters long and 33 meters high and has a weight of 4,000 tons.
GUPC morning start moving gate “slowly” and verify that operate their mechanical, electrical and control systems correctly.
“This process will be repeated with the other gates, culminating flood sluice reaching the level of Gatun Lake. Once this level is achieved, we will proceed with other test operations,” said GUPC.
GUPC, which is led by the Spanish Sacyr and comprising Impregilo (Italy), Jan de Nul (Belgium) and CUSA (Panama) is the consortium in charge of building the third set of locks, the most important project in the expansion of the waterway.
The first sea trials will be held probably in January, estimates the Panama Canal Authority (ACP).
The expansion of the inter-oceanic route, one of the most important engineering works in modern history began in 2007 with a total investment of 5,250 million dollars and is expected to be ready in early 2016.
Currently, 6% of world trade passes through the canal


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