Dutch engineering expertise for second Panama Canal

Dutch engineering expertise for second Panama Canal

The Dutch expertise in dredging, hydraulic engineering and water management is renowned the world over. It is therefore no surprise that a Dutch consortium consisting of Royal HaskoningDHV and Ecorys has won the contract to conduct a pre-feasibility study into the construction of a ‘second Panama Canal’.

The proposed new canal through Nicaragua – all the way from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific Ocean – will cater for larger ships than the Panama Canal and will become Central America’s second major waterway. Several routes have been examined in the past. This new study will focus on a route that largely follows the course of the San Juan River in southern Nicaragua at the border with Costa Rica. The definitive route will be selected on completion of the study.

The consortium will study aspects such as how the terrain should be dredged, the environmental impact, and the effect on water management. The Nicaraguan government estimates that the project will cost 20 billion US dollars – a figure the consortium has been asked to verify. The study is scheduled for completion in early 2013.

Further information: www.royalhaskoning.com

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