Reliable renewable energy for a cleaner future

Renewable hydropower offers a reliable source of clean electricity generation as well as opportunities to supply clean water for homes, industry, and agriculture. Adopting sophisticated multi criteria analysis, SMEC delivers all aspects of hydropower planning and design whilst protecting local ecologies and communities.

SMEC is a trusted partner in the development of hydropower and related water infrastructure systems all over the world, making a significant contribution to our transition to more renewable power supply systems.


SMEC works with globally recognised industry bodies such as the international hydropower association and the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) to support responsible and sustainable development. We assist our clients in the design and delivery of mega infrastructure projects with thousands of MW capability, as well as smaller scale hydropower solutions suitable for local community and industry.


We undertake rigorous testing and assessment to ensure projects have a strategic fit in the proposed river basin and are responsibly developed and operated. We have also utilised advanced survey tools such as Lidar technology to inform feasibility planning and design.


Our technical experts work together to optimise power generation capacity through detailed hydrological and geological assessment. With a global network of over 10,000 engineers, we are able to mobilise large teams efficiently and safely delivering unique engineering solutions in some world’s most challenging locations.


We are experienced in the design and management of all aspects of hydropower generation. Specialist services include:

  • Conveyance structures, including tunnels, pipelines and penstocks
  • Communications and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Construction Management, Surveillance and Supervision
  • Dam and Levee design (earth fill, rock fill, saddle, coffer, concrete gravity, diversion, buttress, embankment, storage and detention Dams)
  • Diversion structures for off-stream storage
  • Energy storage facilities
  • Environmental and Social Impact Assessments
  • Flood retention basins
  • Foundation and seismic assessments
  • Gated river barges
  • Geotechnical, hydrological and hydraulic design
  • Operations & Maintenance
  • Powerhouses, transmission lines, sub stations and switchyards
  • Pumped Storage
  • Run-of-the-river hydro
  • Site surveying including Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) surveys
  • Spillways, hydraulic structures and water control facilities
  • Surveillance and monitoring
  • Tidal power stations
  • Turbines and Generators
  • Tunnelling



Talk to one of our global specialists about our Hydropower solutions.