This project is situated along the Panama Canal and consists of the excavation of a new course in the Canal that will connect the new locks with the so-called Corte Culebra, the narrowest strip of the waterway close to the Pacific Ocean entrance to the Canal.
The works, consist of the construction of 3.7 kilometres of approach to the Pacific Locks, with a 200-metre width.
It includes the installation of containment structure made up of cellular coffer dams along more than 1.5 kilometres that allows the construction of a 2.9-kilometre long earth and rock dam with an impermeable clay core, with a base approximately 150 metres long and 26 metres high and a 30-metre wide crest.
The works include the excavation, transport and dumping of some 27 million cubic metres of mainly rocky material.
In addition, the access roadway sand diversion water drainage channels will be constructed, together with tanks and the cleaning of approximately 80 hectares of firing ranges.
The gravity dam, includes a straight profile concrete wall. The dam has a total length of 625.80 meters and a height of 31 meters.
This project responds to the principles of the Water Program of the Ministry of the Environment, increasing the availability and quality of water resources in Spain.
- It has a reservoir capacity of 52,000,000 cubic meters that occupies a maximum area of 554 hectares.
“El Realito” aqueduct is located in Mexico, between the states of Guanajuato, the location of “El Realito” dam, and that of San Luis Potosí, the site of six drinking water distribution tanks which serve more than 850,000 inhabitants.
The new aqueduct is responsible for transporting 1.02 cubic meters per second from the dam to the water treatment and distribution plant.
The total length is about 134 kilometers.
The hydrological project of Panama
The hydrological project of Panama
The site of the works can be found in the province of Chiriqui. This is close to the border with Costa Rica, between the towns of Breñón and Santa Cruz, in the Renacimiento district, and the town of Gómez, in the Bugaba district of Panama.
The works carried out by FCC consist of building a gravity and loose material dam that is 56 meters high and 405 meters long. The first 240 meters consist of blocks of conventional concrete and roller-compacted concrete, and the remaining 165 meters on the left bank of the dam consist of a loose material with a clay core.
The dam has two spillways, one on a 90 meters long free nappe with a drainage capacity of 2,100 m3/s, and the other with two 6 x 5 m chutes and an evacuation capacity of 700 m3/s.
The project includes two machinery houses: La Potra, which will house three main turbogenerator units with a total power of 28 MW plus a 2.10 MW auxiliary unit; and Salsipuedes, which will have three turbogenerator units with a total power of 28 MW.
The project also includes conditioning the access roads to the dam, a bridge over the Chiriquí River, a 2.1 kilometers long water transmission channel, the loading chamber and the water intake for the Salsipuedes machinery house, which is located at the end of the water transmission channel, and a discharge channel that is approximately 110 m long through which the water flows back into the Chiriquí Viejo River.
The aim of the hydrological project is to benefit the waterfall of the Chiriquí Viejo River, the source of which lies close to the Barú volcano at around 3,500 high.
Construction of a 30 kilometers long canal, which connects to the first phase project already executed by FCC Construcción.
Together with the works of the “Canal Alto de Payuelos”, this waterway enables the irrigation of 40,000 hectares of farm land; 25,000 hectares from the “Canal Alto” and 15,000 from the “Canal Bajo”.
The project was awarded the second prize in the category of Hydraulic Works in the first edition of the Best Water Work Award organized by SMAGUA.
Second prize in the category of Hydraulic Works
The first edition of the Best Water Work Award organized by SMAGUA