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The Prince and Princess of Asturias visit the Panama City Metro, being built by FCC and Odebrecht

04/10/2012

The Prince and Princess of Asturias visit the Panama City Metro, being built by FCC and Odebrecht

  • The Panama Metro Secretariat estimates that 45% of construction is complete
The Prince and Princess of Asturias visit the Panama City Metro, being built by FCC and Odebrecht

Their Royal Highnesses Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia of Asturias visited the Panama City Metro, currently under construction by FCC together with Brazilian company Odebrecht, during their official visit to Panama. The team in charge from FCC, led by the company's directors for Latin America, Eugenio del Barrio, and for Central America, Julio Casla, shared details of the project with the Prince and Princess.

The objective of the official visit is to show support for the Spanish companies operating in Panama, which are contributing to the country's economic and social development and strengthening existing ties between the two countries.

Their Royal Highnesses were received by representatives from the Panama Metro Secretariat and the Línea Uno consortium, which is responsible for the construction of Line 1 of the city's metro and is led by FCC and Odebrecht. The Prince and Princess visited the Trinchera Norte portal, on Simón Bolívar Avenue.

The Metro, which is the flagship project of Panama president Ricardo Martinelli's administration, is 45% complete according to data from the Panama Metro Secretariat.

It is scheduled for completion in the first quarter of 2014, when trains will travel the 13.7 km route in just 22 minutes. Of that distance, 7.5 km will be tunnels, 4.9 km will be elevated and 1.3 km will be in trenches.

Approximately one million people will benefit directly from Metro Line 1, which will run from the Grand National Transport Terminal in Albrook to the Los Andes shopping centre, in the town of San Miguelito.

The line includes 12 passenger stations: 6 underground, 5 elevated, and 1 semi-underground. The Panama government is currently evaluating the possibility of building an additional station in the Curundú district.

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