Chile

With over 10 years' experience in Chile, GHD is recognised for its high-quality innovative services to clients in the areas of water, energy, infrastructure, mining, technical inspection and environment. We provide feasibility, due diligence and environmental studies, project planning and economic assessments, project design, documentation and implementation management. Our office in Santiago, Chile, provides services to the rest of South America.

GHD gained local presence in Chile in January, 2001, through the integration of the Chilean engineering services company Promina S.A. With Promina’s 10-year history in Chile and GHD’s international experience since its foundation in Australia in 1928, GHD has been able to provide its clients with international experience in a local context.

Today, the GHD Chile operation employs more than 90 people.  More significant than the numbers is the diversity of skills that we provide including:

  • Transportation - bridges, railways, airports
  • Marine - marine structures, modelling
  • Energy - thermal, hydro and renewable power generation and transmission and distribution
  • Environment - contaminated land, natural resources, environmental impact assessment approvals, public consultation, management and audits, waste management and contaminated land
  • Water - water quality, water supply, water treatment, wastewater treatment, wastewater systems, contaminant modeling, hydrodynamic modeling, hydrology, hydraulics, catchment management, drainage
  • Inspections - industrial facilities, airport runway constructions, bridges, water mains and water treatment plants.

 

For more information,  please contact the following:

Carlos Vejar
T: +56 2 433 5400 | F: +56 2 433 5425 | E: Email GHD in Santiago

Location address
GHD S.A.
Avda. Apoquindo No. 4775
Piso 6, Oficina 601 (Torre Apoquindo)
Las Condes, Santiago
Chile

Peak efficiency

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A series of new initiatives undertaken by GHD at Colbun S.A.’s Nehuenco Power Plant, near the city of Quillota in Chile, are delivering operational efficiencies and cost savings.

The Nehuenco Power Plant facility consists of three separate gas-fired plants – two combined cycle and one simple cycle (all dual fuel) – which were converted to diesel-fired operation due to a lack of natural gas in the region.


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Termoelectrica Chilca-Peru

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Ingeniería básica Central Termoeléctrica Santo Domingo - Chilca, Perú.

Los grupos de Energía de las oficinas de GHD de Santiago y Brisbane trabajaron en conjunto para la realización del estudio de factibilidad de dos centrales a gas en ciclo abierto, de 200 MW cada una, solicitado por el cliente SCL Energía Activa.


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Coal to the Rescue in Chile

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Chile was a country with a heavy reliance on hydropower and gas fired combined cycle. However, a crisis in the supply of gas to Chile forced many of the gas fired plants to swap to expensive imported oil as replacement fuel. The long term solution for base load power is the development of coal fired power stations and more hydropower.

GHD’s Santiago office is playing a major role in the development of new power projects in Chile and nearby Peru with significant roles in environmental permitting and project development. One of these roles is Owner’s Engineer to Colbun for the development of a 350MW coal fired power station.


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Tourism boost

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In Puerto Williams, Chile, the world’s most southern city, GHD has developed a proposal to address the growing need for tourist-related infrastructure. The objective? To transform the area into a stopover city for cruise ships and capture a growing slice of the tourism dollar.

While Puerto Williams is the gateway to Antarctica, just 2000 tourists visit annually, roughly equivalent to the town’s population. This is in stark contrast to the Argentinian town of Ushuaia – located just 40 km (24 mi) across the Beagle Straits – that welcomes more than 200,000 tourists and 250 cruise ships every year.


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Designing Ports for Easter Island

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Easter Island, located in the Pacific Ocean 3700km to the west of continental Chile, is dependent on shipping to supply goods for the local population and for its growing tourism industry.

The island, however, lacks a sheltered all-weather port. Ships that arrive to the island unload goods offshore onto smaller boats. These boats unload the goods at a small-scale dock in Hanga-Piko.  This system delays the delivery of goods to the island and increases transport costs.


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Restoring tourism icon

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Chilean pier to shine once more

In 2011, the Chilean Ministry of Public Works engaged GHD to carry out several studies to assess the conditions of the facilities of the Vergara Pier in Viña del Mar (a famous Chilean resort city) and provide alternatives for restoring and rehabilitating this tourist attraction.


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Santa Maria Power Station, Coronel

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In 2006, GHD was appointed by Colbun as their Owner’s Engineer for the development of the first 350 MW unit of the 700 MW coal fired Santa Maria Power Station at Coronel, 500 kilometres south of Santiago.  Unit 1 is expected to enter commercial service in late 2010.

The first stage of the Santa Maria power plant involves a 350 MW pulverized coal combustion plant with a seawater desulfurization system, electrostatic particulate removal and low NOx burners.In addition to the Owner’s Engineer base scope services, GHD has completed a number of commissions for Colbun including:


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Estudio 20 puentes

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Estudio de 20 puentes en Llanquihue y Palena - Región de Los Lagos, Chile.

Este estudio, encargado por la Dirección de Vialidad de la Región de Los Lagos del Ministerio de Obras Públicas, consulta realizar el estudio de ingeniería de la reposición asociada a un aumento de estándar de 11 puentes, ubicados en diferentes caminos de la Provincia de Llanquihue y 9 puentes en la Ruta W-609 en la Provincia de Palena en el sur de Chile.


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Codelco Mining power plant

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GHD completed a study of operational and maintenance services on high and medium voltage electrical assets of the Andina mine facilities.

Located 3000 m above sea level, the Andina mine draws its energy from the national power grid via more than 100 km of transmission lines and 10 main power substations.


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Carlos Vejar

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Carlos has 20 years of professional experience in national and multinational companies providing services in the following areas: pulp & paper, minerals, metals, mining, oil & gas, chemical and petrochemical. Carlos has worked as leader of management, business development and commercial & marketing groups.

Position: Operating Centre Manager South America
Tel: +56 2 2433 5400, Santiago

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Paula Arias

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Paula Arias is the Manager – Transport of our Santiago office in Chile. She is a Structural Engineer with a Masters in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering. Paula has more than 17 years experience. Paula has had significant involvement in the design of maritime and coastal infrastructure including design in high risk seismic areas, condition & structural assessments, concept and feasibility studies, master plans and tender/contract documentation.

Position: Chile Manager – Maritime & Coastal
Tel: +56 2 433 5409

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Juan Carlos Moraga

Juan Carlos has more than 30 years of national and international experience in engineering cunsultancy services and large-projects management in several Latin American countries. In his extensive professional experience, Juan Carlos has held positions at managerial level in consultancy companies such as URS Dames & Moore, and Golder Associates. Currently he is the Mining Area Manager at GHD-Chile.

Position: Mining Area Manager, South America
Tel: +56 2 433 5422

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