Prensa Latina: Nicaragua Grand Canal Addresses Seismic Risks in Its Design
Managua, November 17 (PL) The Nicaragua Interoceanic Grand Canal Project stands out for addressing risks arising from earthquakes in its preliminary studies, which was announced today during the first session of the 12th Central American Geological Congress.
When introducing this megaproject to the geologists from the region gathered in the Nicaraguan capital, Bill Wild, Chief Project Advisor said that the company has paid much attention to this issue, they were well-informed about it and that it is integrated into the design of the waterway, published El 19 Digital.
Similarly, he stated that a hypothetical tsunami scenario is also a subject of study, and they have the necessary preparation to confront its consequences from an engineering perspective.
We have studied the possibility of seismic risks in the Canal area from the first day of the Project, insisted Wild.
Stan Wholley, Director of Operations at CSA Global, the company in charge of the aerial geological survey, pointed out that extensive research on the risks that lie in the Grand Canal route area is being conducted.
The next step will be to implement measures to prevent the risks where their existence is already known, he announced.
CSA Global is a geological consulting company, focused primarily on the geology, topography and unsteadiness of the ground along the canal alignment; that is what we are doing here, as we do worldwide, said the executive.
According to the official data, the waterway will connect the Atlantic and Pacific oceans with a route of 276 kilometers, 105 of which will pass through the Cocibolca or Lake Nicaragua.
From the economic perspective, experts predict that the initiative, valued at a total cost of $50 billion, will double the GDP of this country and generate about 250,000 direct and indirect jobs.
The Project, which also involves the construction of an airport, several roads, a free trade zone, tourist resorts and two ports, will benefit the whole Latin American region.