Power Plant Port Development

A new port development was needed at a large thermo power plant. Wave and agitation studies, moored ship response and downtime analysis and breakwater design were completed. A series of numerical and physical models were used to achieve the final design.

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Suez Energy Andino S.A., subsidary of GDF Suez
La Higuera, Coquimbo, Chile
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La Higuera, Coquimbo, Chile

Project Highlights

Port downtime estimates were based on intensive numerical and physical 3D models. These permitted the optimization of the geometry of the breakwater, which resulted in savings of over 70 million US dollars. These studies also provided key information for the environmental assessment of the project.


  • Studies for quarry production provided key information for environmental assessment
  • Determination of optimum quarry material improved cost estimates

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Project Challenges

  • Reduce the overall cost of the project.
  • Determine the best use of the materials from the work site.
  • Consider cost and environmental issues when selecting quarry location.

Baird Solutions

  • Intensive site studies, numerical and physical models provided substantial savings.
  • Physical modeling assessed the utilization of different materials.
  • Intensive site and laboratory studies optimized quarry productivity and quality.

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