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Panama: $37 Million for Health City

The Social Security Fund approved an addendum for $37 million to carry out additional work on the construction of Hospital City, which is being developed by the construction company FCC.

Monday, September 4, 2017

A statement from the Social Security Fund indicates that "...The addendum includes the extension of the validity of the work contract to Consorcio Construcciones Hospitalarias, S.A. until December 31, 2018 and the approval of 11 exchange orders that group together additional work requested from the contractor from the year 2013 to date."

"...The amount approved by the first structural instance of the CSS is $36,786,886 for the project "Comprehensive services for technical studies, urban and architectural designs, drawing and approval of plans, environmental impact study II, construction, financing, and equipment of Hospital City".



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Contract review for  4-years-late Health City


OVERDUE project will cost $850 million

Posted 02/07/2019

The future of the construction contract of the City of Health, in Ancon, which satraps of ex-president Ricardo Martinelli wanted to name after him is up in the air.

The contract of the problem-plagued project is being evaluated by the administration of the Social Security Fund (CSS) .

CSS director  Julio García Valarini , said that they are about to complete the studies to know if it is convenient to finalize the contract or apply the compliance bond to the construction company.

The Consorcio Construcciones Hospitalarias, SA -which includes FCC Construcción and FCC Construcción de Centroamérica-, in charge of the work, recently said, that it has no liquidity to continue the work and that it needs advance payments.

García Valarini said that this is a violation of the contract, which establishes that the company must have liquidity to be working.

He assured that the CSS is up to date with the payments. The last invoice that entered was for $2.5 million, whose disbursement is awaiting the endorsement of the Comptroller General.

The CSS has already disbursed $316.7 million from the City of Health out of the $554.2 million in which the project has been valued to date. This figure includes an addendum of $36.7 million approved in 2017. The balance payable is $ 237.5 million.

La Prensa reports that members of the CSS board of directors toured the facilities and found only  1,500 workers when the company had committed to having 3,000 as well as missing medical equipment.

The project, which started  in May 2012 with a completion planned for May 2015, is four years late and close to 65% complete, only 2% more than that reported by the CSS in December 2018.

The first phase (Institute of Neurology and Cardiology, among other areas) should have been ready last April, as established in the delivery schedule prepared last year.

 $517.5 million was the initial cost.

$36.7 million is the amount of the first addendum to the contract, for complementary works.

$300 million is the figure of the second addendum to build the new headquarters of the National Oncology Institute. It is pending approval from the Comptroller's Office, which would mean  that the final amount of the project would exceed $850 million.



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