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Panama Canal expansion work suspended: official

Published on Feb 6, 2014 1:52 AM

PANAMA CITY (AFP) - An international consortium in charge of widening the Panama Canal Wednesday suspended work on the troubled project, canal administrator Jorge Quijano said.

Grupos Unidos por el Canal, the Spanish-led consortium, "just a few moments ago suspended the work," said Mr Quijano.

"They put a threat on the table, and today (Wednesday) they carried it out," he added.

The project to widen the canal, one of the biggest civil engineering operations in the world, is due to be completed next year but is bedevilled by a dispute over huge cost overruns.

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