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Intermodal Corridor Study, San Antonio - Santiago Corridor

Intermodal Corridor Study 
Total Installed Cost
Office: Chicago/Houston/Santiago 
Customer: Empresa Portuaria San Antonio (EPSA)  
Location: Port of San Antonio, Chile 
Timeframe: 2014-2015  

Customer Challenges

The Port of San Antonio (EPSA) is planning a fourfold increase to intermodal volumes at the port. Almost all current traffic moving inland from the port moves by truck causing significant environmental and social impacts, and current inland infrastructure cannot handle the additional volume. EPSA is seeking methods to expand capacity of the inland network by improving intermodal land side access, improving cargo handling operations and productivity, and reducing transportation delays between San Antonio and Santiago. The study also focused on lessening environmental impacts at the port and reducing transportation costs to create a more competitive environment for the transportation of cargo. 

Project Services 

  • Reviewed existing port, rail infrastructure and associated systems
  • Performed an assessment of the physical and operational feasibility of an intermodal corridor 
  • Provided an assessment of environmental impacts and benefits of a new intermodal corridor including application or green technologies at the port and in the inland transport corridor
  • Developed the operational and physical requirements of the intermodal corridor, including network design, port terminal design, inland terminal design and equipment configuration
  • Performed financial analysis and provided cost estimate of required investments, OPEX and CAPEX 
  • Performed impact assessment, including social and environmental impacts, requirements for market oriented reforms, and impact on human capacity building, technology transfer and employment
  • Developed an implementation plan for the intermodal corridor, including investment schedule and organizational structure


    The WorleyParsons team provided a conceptual design and operating plan for the intermodal corridor between San Antonio and Santiago that is financially, environmentally, socially and operationally feasible. We developed an implementation plan featuring a phased rollout and provided investment strategies and a proposed organizational structure to successfully expand and manage the intermodal corridor.        
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