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Small Hydro Electric Projects

We are currently involved in the environmental impact assessment of several small hydro schemes in Ireland and the UK.

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We recently (2012)  prepared the ecology and fisheries assessments for this small hydro scheme on the River Maigue, Co Limerick. This scheme has recently been awarded full planning permission and will be constructed during 2013.  We have also been engaged by the client (2012-2013)  to monitor the scheme during the construction phase, and ensure that all ecological and environmental commitments are met.

Roe Valley Hydro Scheme

The Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) proposes to restore a small Hydro-Electric Power Scheme (HEPS) at the Roe Valley Country Park (RVCP) near Limavady, County Londonderry. We prepared the water quality, fisheries and aquatic ecology impact assessment for the scheme.

Owenafinna Hydro Scheme

We recently completed a fisheries and aquatic ecology impact assessment for a small hydro scheme on the Owenafinna River, Co. Kerry. The watercourse is recognised as an important salmon and seatrout river, with good stocks of brown trout. We  also carried out sampling for the protected freshwater pearl mussel as this watercourse contained suitable habitat for this species.

Mill River Scheme

We recently (2012) prepared an Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) and Natura Impact Statement for a proposed small hydropower electricity generation scheme on the Mill River in Buncrana, Co. Donegal.

Ennistymon Falls Scheme

We also recently (2012) prepared an Ecological Impact Assessment (EcIA) and Natura Impact Statement for a proposed small hydropower electricity generation scheme on the Inagh River, Ennistymon, Co Clare.

Other projects

We are involved with a further 4 schemes in Co Kerry, and 6 schemes in the UK at present. However, due to the early planning stages of these schemes we cannot name them at present.

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