Feasibility and Planning
Developing new hydropower generating facilities requires a team well versed in the complexities of engineering, regulatory, environmental, and power markets. We typically apply a phased approach that allows our clients to better control their costs while still getting sufficiently detailed information to make informed decisions.
A typical feasibility study begins with a screening assessment, sometimes called a fatal-flaws analysis; to determine any technical or regulatory issues exist that would render the project technically or economically infeasible.
Projects, which do not present any fatal flaws move to a conceptual feasibility phase. The concept phase reviews a site’s generation potential, conceptual layout and any ancillary issues or concerns with items such as transmission interconnection, licensing or environmental issues or concerns that could significantly affect a proposed project. Based on our experience with developing these types of projects, we can determine some basic values regarding development costs, generation and mitigation requirements that will determine if the project is a candidate for a full-fledged feasibility study.
For projects determined to be viable, we typically proceed to a follow-up Phase 2 Study. This work will include development of conceptual layouts, developing an opinion of cost based on quantity take offs from conceptual layout drawings, preliminary selection of major equipment, obtaining vendor based budget quotes for major equipment and refining the estimated annual generation and resulting project based on conceptual development plan. We analyze likely generation and operation constraints that may result from regulatory and environmental concerns. Using this data, we work closely with our clients to perform a detailed benefit cost analysis to help determine the project’s feasibility.
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