The Key Players


Grupo Unidos por el Canal SA (GUPC SA) is the contractor responsible for the design and construction of the Third Set of Locks – the main project of the Canal Expansion Program.

The group's technical capability and experience in infrastructure projects in various countries ensure that the project will be held to the highest standards of quality.

GUPC is formed by Salini Impregilo of Italy, Sacyr Vallehermoso of Spain, Jan De Nul of Belgium and Constructura Urbana SA (CUSA) of Panama. Each company is a leader in its field and brings the necessary expertise to the project.




Salini Impregilo

Salini Impregilo is an industrial group specializing in the construction of major, complex civic infrastructure projects - a dynamic Italian company able to compete with the global leaders.

Operating in more than 50 countries with 35,000 employees with a turnover of about € 6.5 billion and a backlog of € 34.4 billion, Salini Impregilo is a leader in the water segment.

Its wealth of projects throughout the world reflect the Group’s strong passion for construction. Dams and hydroelectric plants, hydraulic works, railways and metro systems, motorways, civil and industrial buildings, airports are the sectors in which it has operated for more than 100 years.

Salini Impregilo has built approximately 260 dams and hydroelectric plants, with an installed capacity of more than 45,000 MW of cheap, clean energy – a vital prerequisite for economic development. The Group is involved in the development of significant projects in the Arab Emirates and the United States, as well as some very complex hydroelectric projects in Africa, like GERD and GIBE III.

The Group has been involved railway and metro projects consisting of more than 7,062 km of railway lines, approximately 472 km of metro lines and more than 1,587 km of underground works. Projects include: the new AV Ankara-Istanbul line in Turkey, the Milan-Genoa line in Italy and the Sydney North West Rail Link in Australia. Other metro projects include Thessaloniki in Greece, San Francisco in the United States, Copenhagen in Denmark, Santiago in Chile, Doha in Qatar, Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and Lima in Peru.

It has also been responsible for 64,195 km of roads and motorways and approximately 590 km of bridges and viaducts across the globe. It is involved in projects of different sizes: from building roads which connect the built-up areas of Sierra Leone, to the resurfacing of the Kazakh motorway which retraces the ancient “Silk Road” to an important urban and extra-urban routing systems in densely populated areas like Dubai, Milan and Long Beach.

In civil and industrial buildings, Salini Impregilo has given its footprint to projects like the Kingdom Center in Riyadh and the new cultural center in Athens, promoted by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and designed by the architecture firm of Renzo Piano.





Sacyr Vallehermoso (SyV) brings experience in technology and engineering projects like desalination plants in Barcelona, Australia, Algeria and Tunisia, as well as long tunnels and highways in Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Costa Rica and Chile.

Its highly trained and professional workforce make it possible to undertake works of great difficulty.




Jan De Nul

A specialist in dredging, Jan De Nul is one of the global leaders in marine construction.

It is known for iconic works such as dredging and filling the Chek Lap Kok airport in Hong Kong, Palm Jebel Ali in Dubai. It is also known for its civil construction work at Berendrecht Lock in Antwerp, Belgium.





Urban Construction Inc (CUSA) is a leading Panamanian builder.

Among its major works: the coastal viaducts, highway access to the Centennial Bridge, the Fort Amador infrastructure, the Fortuna-Chiriquí Grande road and bridge on the Changuinola River.