In a resource and climate-constrained world, hydropower is an effective source of renewable energy. WSP has extensive experience in this field, having contributed to generating thousands of megawatts of power for industries and communities in Australia and around the world.

Powering the Future

We are recognised for our vast experience in the delivery of small to large-scale hydropower projects, including developing greenfield sites, and engineering and commissioning hydroelectric stations and dams.


From the early stages of planning, permitting and compliance in renewable energy engineering through detailed design and construction management, our engineers are experts in hydropower project development, plant rehabilitation, retrofit and upgrade for conventional and pumped storage.


Key practice areas include:

  • Hydrology and hydraulics 
  • Civil and structural design, and stability analysis
  • Civil and structural engineering
  • Geotechnical and geological engineering
  • Flood risk assessment 
  • Dam design and dam safety
  • Turbine-generator selection and review 
  • Heavy mechanical design
  • Medium and high-voltage electrical design
  • Auxiliary electrical and mechanical services


Comprehensive Services

Project Development

  • Project planning, river surveys and feasibility studies
  • Preliminary engineering and design
  • Environmental assessment, surveys and permitting
  • Resource assessment and energy forecasts


Engineering and Construction

  • Tender package and selection process
  • Detailed engineering for construction
  • Owner’s Engineer services
  • Independent third-party design review
  • Construction management (EPCM)
  • Commissioning, testing and start-up


Operations and Asset Management

  • Performance assessment
  • Condition assessment
  • Risk and safety analysis
  • Engineering and design


Mergers, Divestitures and Acquisitions

  • Advisory services and project risk review
  • Independent engineer services
  • Technical due diligence analysis
  • Inspections of hydropower plants