June 10th 2015
Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC),
contractor for the project design
and construction of the third set of
locks, started Wednesday night with
the opening of five valves that
marked the beginning of the process
of flooding of the new locks on the
In this first phase, the new Atlantic Lock testing with water starts, five million cubic meters of water are needed to fill the first two chambers, an operation that will take approximately four days.
Giuseppe Quarta, CEO of GUPC, said the opening of the valves represents the culmination of five years of efforts in one of the most complex projects in the world. Over the years about 50 thousand people worked in this project.
This image shows the water starting to flood the new Locks facing the Atlantic Ocean in Colon.
GUPC reported that the flooding of each lock can take about three to four months, and plans to make this process of flooding in the Pacific sector soon.