Energy/Infrastructure

Chinese contractors finishing studies for massive train project to Chiriqui.

OP ED: So no engineering firms in US, UK, Canada, Spain, Germany, etc.  Apparently just China and Odebrecht. The feasibility study for the establishment of a rail transport system between Panama and Chiriquí “is basically finished”. Chinese President will visit Panama from December 2 to 3 Know the 25 agreements …

Agriculture

More shameful expansion as PANAMA environment is prostituted yet again. Camino de Cruces threatened

The Camino de Cruces National Park, in the village of Ancón, has more than 4 thousand hectares of primary forests, which over time have been disappearing to make way for construction projects not only private, but also state. Its creation dates back to 1992 and constitutes one of the basic …

Energy/Infrastructure

Water service across Panama remains an issue, 50% in Chitre.

The lack of water in several sectors of Chitré is maintained on Tuesday, while the Ministry of Education issued instructions to the directors of schools and schools in the district of Chitré to suspend educational work. Chitreanos rise without drinking water service Since Monday, the Regional Education of Herrera sent …

US News of note

EX-PAT ADVISORY- Check on loved ones in the US as deadly Hurricane approaches Eastern coastline

“Go now!”: The United States authorities implored on Wednesday, September 12, to leave the risk areas before the arrival of Hurricane Florence, which threatens to hit the east coast of the country in the next 48 hours with the power of a punch by Mike Tyson. + info East Coast …

Canal

Varela slight on Taiwan has EVERYTHING to do with money and coziness with communist China

ED OPINION: by James “J.B” Bryson If you so choose to go back and read some of the previous posts and re-distribution of articles on PNO.com, you will see that we have paid close attention to the awarding of contracts to multiple Chinese corporations as Panama continues to try to …

Energy/Infrastructure

Outisde of Brazil: Questionable Odebrecht finding it hard to establish new trust

At the reception of the ninth floor of the headquarters of the Odebrecht Group , in Sao Paulo, time seems to have stopped. The magazines on the tables are dated, at most, from the beginning of 2015 and still portray the dynamism of the time. From large projects in Caracas, …

Energy/Infrastructure

INFRASTRUCTURE update: Revision needed on Chinese electrical contractors

After the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Panama and the United States to promote the storage, distribution and transmission of energy, in addition to investment in infrastructure, the Fourth Line of Electrical Transmission could become an international chapter of the commercial war, until now cold, between the United …

Energy/Infrastructure

First Natural Gas plant to begin operations

President Juan Carlos Varela indicated that the AES Colón plant will help the Panamanian economy, since the energy matrix is ​​expanded. Varela recalled that this plant will reduce the use of petroleum derivatives in the production of electricity for the country. He added that carbon dioxide emissions will also be …

Energy/Infrastructure

Panama City infrastructure succumbs to flooding in even light rainfall; Upgrade mandatory

Last June 10 it rained less than an hour in the district of Panama and several points of the city were flooded. Among them: Ricardo J. Alfaro avenue in front of Cochez, Domingo Díaz avenue, San Antonio and Don Bosco, in addition to Balboa Avenue, in front of Urracá Park, …

Weather

WARNING: Severe rain and flooding in Panama City from Electrical storms

The city of Panama woke up this Monday with heavy rains with electrical activity, temporary that is monitored by the National System of Civil Protection (Sinaproc), who ask citizens to take precautions. Up to now, floods have been recorded in Panama City, El Ingenio, El Carmen Church, Vía Porras, Tumba …

Energy/Infrastructure

China submits another bid for FOURTH bridge; Disputes previous disqualification

The consortium formed by the companies China State Construction Engineering Company (CSCEC) and China Railway Group Limited (CREC) filed a claim action against the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) in the tender for the fourth bridge over the Panama Canal . Chinese consortium winner of the fourth bridge has controversial …

Canal

Contract for Balboa shipyard amended

An addendum to the concession contract between the State and the Mec Shipyards consortium, signed in 2012 by the last administration, seeks to modify two clauses of the agreement. The request of the Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) entered the Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic on June 6 …

Energy/Infrastructure

Solar Energy rebates extended

After the revolution that generated in public opinion the proposal to establish a charge to customers who install solar panels for self-consumption, the National Authority of Public Services (ASEP) decided to extend the period of consultations for 60 days. The initiative for additional charging (for energy demand) to residential customers …

Energy/Infrastructure

Panama looks to capitalize on Solar for the future

It is a call that insistently touches the shoulder of every nation. The duty of each of them is to accelerate the transition to an energy system based on renewable technologies, that is, to develop clean energies. What is left behind are fossil fuels to reduce the polluting emissions of …

Chiriqui

Resources denied to Chiriqui Hydroelectric plant

The Third Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice denied three appeals seeking to stop the cancellation of the Barriles hydroelectric project in the province of Chiriquí. Hidroeléctrica Barriles, SA, through the Morgan & Morgan law firm, filed an administrative claim for annulment against a note from the Chiriqui Regional …

Human Interest

Panamanians have low participation in high positions

The incorporation into the economic activity of women in Panama is far from assimilating to their educational achievements with an imbalance in their labor participation and decision-making positions in companies, since 12 percent have females in senior management positions, when the goal defined by international studies is 33 percent. This …

Canal

Canal Tugboat Captains file criminal complaint

The tugboat captains of the Panama Canal yesterday filed a criminal complaint against waterway administrators, accusing them of having affected maritime transport on 12 and 13 April, by unilaterally eliminating the third seaman who goes aboard the tugboats to support the transit of the neopanamax. The Union of Captains and …

Energy/Infrastructure

AdaptAmericas in Panama leads forum on climate change

The consequences of climate change have given rise to initiatives that turn situations of risk into opportunities in areas such as transport, water management and construction. In Canada, for example, the Pievc Protocol has been extended, which estimates infraestrategy vulnerability to environmental threats. It is a decision-making tool that assesses …

Energy/Infrastructure

8 months after Hurricane, efforts end with 23,000 still without power

The US Army Corps of Engineers completes its efforts to rebuild Puerto Rico’s power grid despite residents’ fear that the island’s government can not return the service by itself to the 16,000 people who follow dark eight months after the passage of Hurricane Maria. 23 thousand Puerto Ricans will continue …

Economy

Urban development requiring $20 billion until 2035

The Ministry of Housing and Territorial Planning (Miviot) published in the Official Gazette the Urban Development Plan for the Pacific and Atlantic Metropolitan Areas (Panama-Colón), which suggests a state investment of $ 20 billion in infrastructure to face the growth urban until the year 2035. Juan Manuel Vásquez , Vice …

Economy

Panama seeks to become Latin America leader in new Technology

This year Panama will present 130 technological patent applications to the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MICI), which means that the country aspires to become the first in Latin America to generate applications through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). in English), when measuring the number of applications per million inhabitants, …

Energy/Infrastructure

Fire shuts down METRO station

he Panama Fire Department reported on Wednesday May 16 that an electrical fault caused the San Miguelito Metro station to be filled with smoke. After detecting the incident, maintenance personnel of the Panama Metro interrupted the electrical system at the station. For this reason, his eviction was ordered afterwards. The …

Economy

FACEBOOK enters alliance with Latin America; 1.9 Million Panamanian users

Facebook signed an alliance with Cisneros Interactive that makes the latter the official commercial representative of the social network in nine countries in the region: Panama, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Bolivia, Ecuador and Paraguay. At present, 1.9 million Panamanians enter Facebook every month, of which …

Energy/Infrastructure

Floods cause Colombia evacuations

Nearly 600 farmers had to be evacuated in northwestern Colombia because of the violent flooding of the river that feeds the Ituango hydroelectric project, the largest built in the country, authorities said Sunday. The inhabitants of the town of Puerto Valdivia are in shelters enabled in the urban area after …

Energy/Infrastructure

Rejection of proposed Port of Balboa stoppage

The Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (Cciap) and the Logistic Business Council rejected the afternoon of this Saturday, May 12, the stoppage of operations in the port of Balboa, as it is an action with millions of repercussions on the cargo and its transshipment as well as …

Canal

Record Largest ship passes through Canal

According to the Panama Canal Authority, 150 people are related to the transit of the waterway cruise. This ship is of the Neopanamax type, which are the largest capacity that can transit through the new set of locks in the Canal. The administrator of the Panama Canal Authority, Jorge Luis …

Energy/Infrastructure

Weekend rains bring power outages

At least the structures of nine houses were affected in Parita by heavy rains that fell in the province of Herrera between this Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May. The downpours also caused the partial collapse of a tree in the city of Chitré, in the province of Herrera, which …

Canal

ACP and tugboat captains to meet today

Members of the Commission for Public Infrastructure and Canal Affairs of the National Assembly urged the directors of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) and captains and mariners of tugboats to seek an understanding of the conflict between both parties. The transit through the neopanamax locks was interrupted on April 12 …

Technology

Clinical lab complex performed 4.9 million tests in 2017

During 2017, the clinical laboratory of the Arnulfo Arias Madrid Hospital Complex of the Social Security Fund (CSS) performed 4,986,154 examinations for the insured. Of that number, the tests that were performed the most were general chemistry when adding 3,791,629, followed by the blood counts (552,879), immunochemistry (301,363) and urinalysis …

Canal

PSA contract had no objections in 2015

No deputy in the National Assembly opposed Bill 122 – which would later become Law 2 of 2015 – which endorsed the contract for the PSA port to operate in Rodman. The proposal was approved unanimously in the second and third debates – on January 27 and 28, 2015, respectively …