Feasibility Study

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.

The scope of feasibility studies varies enormously and is dependent on the nature of the site and the potential.


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.


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.