Repaired Panama Canal lock passes seepage tests
Testing carried out by the consortium responsible for building the third set of locks for the expanded Panama Canal has confirmed that seepage has been halted.
Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC), the consortium carrying out the work, has completed its testing of the reinforcement work carried out in sill number three of the Cocolí locks.
GUPC technical personnel, the designers and Panama Canal Authority (ACP) specialists monitored the testing process, which consisted of gradually raising the water behind the lock gate to the level in which the seepage was first detected last summer (link opens in new tab).
Later, the testing was inspected by a team of independent experts, professors and structural engineers from the Technological University of Panama (UTP), all of whom expressed satisfaction with the final results.
Following the completion of this work, GUPC will proceed to test the electromechanical components necessary for the expanded canal to operate.
Less than 4% of the work remains to be done on the overall project, which will be inaugurated later this year.
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This article was published on 16 Feb 2016 (last updated on 16 Feb 2016).