Rosarito III Power Plant Expansion: Design Build of the Cooling Water Intake Works and Pipeline


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by Luciano Meiorin, Parsons Corporation, 110 West A Street, Suite 1050, San Diego, CA 92101,
Luis Piek, Parsons Corporation, 110 West A Street, Suite 1050, San Diego, CA 92101,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pipeline Engineering and Construction: What's on the Horizon?

Abstract: This paper presents the design-build pipeline case history and lessons learned on the cooling water for the power plant expansion in Rosarito, Baja California Mexico. The Owner is Alston Power and Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE). The Contractor is Meisener Marine and the designer is Parsons Corporation. The cooling water intake pipeline for the Rosarito Power Plant consists of 710 m (2,330 ft) of 2.9 m (9.5 ft) seafloor Prestressed Concrete Cylinder Pipe pipeline and five 2.4 m diameter intake heads as well as three maintenance access points. The intake is constructed in a seafloor trench with various armor rock sizes and tremie concrete armor. The main challenges included construction during high Pacific winter storms and the associated temporary cofferdam works. The main design challenge was configuring the intake to avoid sediment and air intrusion due to wave actions. This paper summarizes the design and construction challenges in the design-build setting.

Subject Headings: Power plants | Hydro power | Water intakes | Concrete cylinder pipes | Cooling (wastewater treatment) | Design/Build | Temperature effects | Water pipelines | Pipelines | Case studies | North America | California | Mexico | United States

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