BROOMFIELD – MWH Global in Broomfield landed a $4.4 million contract to design a new spillway at the Panama Canal.
MWH was hired by the Panama Canal Authority to provide preliminary and final design services for a new spillway at Gatun Lake.
The spillway controls water levels of the lake, which in addition to providing water supply for Panama City and flood protection, is instrumental in the operation of the navigation locks of the Panama Canal.
MWH will design a new spillway to increase the outflow capacity of the existing spillway system, which the Canal wants to increase to manage the maximum expected flood. The nearly century-old spillway system is part of the Gatun Dam, which crosses the Chagres River to impound Gatun Lake.
“MWH is pleased bring our world-class expertise in spillway engineering and design to this project,” says Rex Bell, who leads MWH operations in Latin America. “Maximizing the effectiveness of the spillway is essential to assure the integrity and viability of the Panama Canal system, not only for the existing locks but for the new Third Set of Locks project of the Panama Canal expansion.”