Panama Canal rules out another extension until 2025 due to lack of water

The Panama Canal ruled out the possibility of building a fourth set of locks at least until 2025 today because it has not yet found a new water source, said the water route administrator, Jorge Luis Quijano. «I do not see it being done before 2025 because first we have to be sure that we have water and that the demand of it is correct. So far there has been no decision, we have simply taken the decision to study other sources of water and also study the technical aspects,» he said.

Quijano, who participated in the inauguration in the Panamanian capital of a congress of the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure  (PIANC), explained that the interoceanic route is currently conducting hydrographic studies in the Bayano Lake areas and Indo River.

The administrator said that «there is a great demand for vessels with liquefied natural gas (LNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG)» and that the channel expects to close this fiscal year with a cargo movement of more than 430 million tons.

Quijano recalled that last month the methane tanker «LNG Sakura», the first LNG vessel from the new Cove Point plant in Meryland (United States), which was on its way to Japan and transported 137,000 cubic meters of that fuel, traveled through the expanded locks last month.

«That ship arrived here without reservation, but we made very special managements to try to attract it, since the original plan was not to go through the Panama Canal, but to go through the Cape of Buena Esperanza (Argentina) or the Suez Canal (Egypt),» he said.

The methane tankers of liquefied natural gas, a product on the rise in the United States thanks to the so-called shale oil, before could not pass through the old channel due to its large size.

The expansion, whose cost already exceeds 5,600 million dollars and was opened in June 2016, was built precisely so that these ships could cross, the so-called neopanamax, which have the capacity to carry up to 14,000 containers.

Through the channel, built by the US at the beginning of the last century and transferred to Panama on December 31, 1999, close to 6 percent of world trade passes and connects more than 140 sea routes and 1,700 ports in 160 different countries.

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