Staged Water Resource Development Can Improve Economics and Advance Project Implementation

by Edward F. Carter, Harza Engineering Co, Chicago, IL, USA,
Kenneth E. Sorensen, Harza Engineering Co, Chicago, IL, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Power '87


This paper provides reasons for staging, and describes functional types of staged developments, and planning and evaluation of these developments. Many water resources projects can be activated with proper design, sponsorship, and financing. The solution is to design projects for initial stages that maximize revenue producing functions such as power and water supply. To avoid foreclosing full use of the sites, the designs should permit future expansion for the not fully reimbursable functions such as flood control, navigation, and irrigation. Criteria and procedures for economic analyses of staging are presented. Examples are given of specific developments and projects both past and future.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Economic factors | Hydro power | Water supply | Project management | Electric power | Construction management | Financing

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