Effects of the Environmental Approval Process on Project Scheduling and Economics

by L. Smythe, Acres Int Ltd, Canada,
K. Young, Acres Int Ltd, Canada,
P. Foote, Acres Int Ltd, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '89


The environmental approval process is fundamental to the permitting of hydropower projects. Recent changes in permitting requirements has had a significant effect on the cost and schedule of licensing and even overall project economics. Experience gained from two major projects in the United States and two in Canada, one on an international waterway, are compared from this perspective. The success of the licensing processes in both countries is largely dependent upon the early and accurate identification of the environmental issues in need of resolution. A formula is presented and discussed, which attempts to account for the major factors contributing to the success or failure of licensing attempts. Differences in the licensing processes in the two countries are described with examples.

Subject Headings: Environmental issues | Scheduling | Economic factors | Hydro power | Power plants | Construction management | Construction costs | Waterways | United States | Canada

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