Clean Power


SNC-Lavalin’s very first contracts in 1911 were hydraulics studies for hydropower facilities. Today, our hydro clients come to us for our ability to blend time-tested hydropower solutions with the latest industry innovations. This combination of quality and creative thinking sets us apart in the industry, whether we are delivering impact assessments, feasibility studies, community engagement programs, or engineering, construction, commissioning and long-term operations solutions.

Broad versatility

We can study, design and build outstanding hydropower facilities ranging from anywhere between 1 MW to 22,000 MW of capacity, and rising from five to 700 metres in height. Our water resource management, dam, dyke and canal expertise also applies to the water resource management and infrastructure needs of municipal, industrial and agricultural industries 

New solutions for aging facilities

Our Hydro experts have rehabilitated and upgraded more than 60 hydroelectric developments and performed over 120 dam safety assessments worldwide. By applying the latest solutions to the growing number of aging facilities, we can safely and affordably upgrade installations while also enhancing their efficiency. Our expertise includes the refurbishment of electrical and mechanical equipment, operations optimization and complete life extension mandates. 

Experts in clean hydropower

Hydropower projects are often home to at-risk species of flora and fauna. We work with clients, regulating agencies and local stakeholders to develop environmental work plans and training programs that help protect these natural treasures. Our engineers can also enhance the sustainability of hydro facilities with innovative ideas that reduce pressure on the natural environment and increase project viability. 

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