Feasibility Study

Bannockburn weir

Having established reasonable prospects for the development of a viable scheme through a site pre-feasibility study the next stage is to conduct a full feasibility study.  This would take the development of a scheme to the point where the business case, benefits and risks are well understood and a decision may be taken whether to proceed with applications for statutory consents.  The scope of feasibility studies varies enormously and is dependent on the nature of the site and the potential.  However, the key elements usually include:

  • Liaison and negotiation with the statutory bodies – SEPA, SNH, Fishery Boards, Planning Department
  • Flow measurement
  • Environmental and habitat surveys – possibilities include; otter, bats and red squirrel
  • Topographical Survey – to produce a plan of the site
  • Outline design of the scheme
  • Seeking an opinion on the prospects for a grid connection and probable costs
  • Civil Engineering opinion on the construction issues and  budget coasts
  • Budget quotations on the costs of key elements of equipment - turbine, generator and control system
  • Preparation of a construction method statement describing how the project will be carried out
  • Development of energy production model and income projections, thus business case
  • Identification of risks, and mitigations that might be applied
  • A scenario on a practical way forward with recommendations on next steps
  • Development of Supporting Information – essential documentation for abstraction and planning applications

Please contact us and we will work out a practical set of steps appropriate to your potential site, incorporating any  information you may already have.