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The dispute between the consortium constructing the Panama Canal expansion and the canal authority continues to rumble on, although the builders have threatened to halt work next Monday if more cash isn’t coughed up. It has now transpired that the canal authority has begun to talk to other contractors – one would assume these include US behemoth Bechtel, which was so aggrieved to have lost the initial bid – although what sort of deal the canal administrators would be able tos strike from such a compromised position is questionable.

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