Planning and acquisitions
The key to successful implementation of hydropower projects is in knowing what’s important, where the risks lie, and how best to manage these risks.
Planning new hydropower developments begins with identifying the most appropriate sites within a river basin catchment, and then developing a holistic hydropower master plan for the region. A thorough understanding of the risks and uncertainties during the planning stage makes successful implementation far more likely.
Entura draws on 100 years of hydropower development as part of Hydro Tasmania, Australia’s largest renewable energy producer and water manager. Through our involvement with the development of Tasmania’s hydropower system, we have developed the skills and experience to identify, investigate and manage all the potential risks and uncertainties associated with hydropower developments, to offer our clients peace of mind and confidence in the success of their hydropower ventures and acquisitions.
We have undertaken many feasibility studies for individual hydropower projects around the world, managing the key investigations necessary to develop the preliminary design. These investigations include:
- hydrological data collection for assessing the hydropower potential
- surveys to develop terrain models for planning and initial design
- geological investigations to better understand the geotechnical risks, which can have a major impact on construction costs
- environmental baseline surveys to identify and mitigate potential impacts.
Whether you acquire a hydropower project at pre-feasibility, feasibility, design, construction or operational stage, it is critical that you understand the full implications of the acquisition prior to final commitment.
To help our clients see the full picture before committing to hydropower acquisitions, we can undertake a due diligence assessment that draws on our real-world experience as an owner, operator and consultant for hydropower projects, to confirm the available energy, identify the key risks, and understand the condition of the assets whether partially constructed or operational.
Our services include:
- resource assessment, power potential studies and master planning
- site investigation programs, feasibility studies and project optimisation
- due diligence assessments for projects at any stage of development
- training for developers and government authorities, with focus on project risk, project lifecycle and project bankability.