Hydropower & Dams

With our heritage founded in one of the most famous hydropower schemes in the world, the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme, SMEC is a specialist in pumped hydropower. Our expertise extends from small hydropower projects to some of the most advanced schemes in the world.

We draw on the knowledge and experience of our global engineers, planners and specialists to provide tailored solutions, value engineering and innovation in the design, construction and project management of hydropower and dam projects.

We strive to strike a balance between economic viability and respecting the rights of local communities on all hydropower and dam projects, and regularly manage stakeholder communications and facilitate discussion groups during all stages of a project.

We understand the complex and critical issues related to individual dam locations and environments, and provide innovative solutions to deliver successful project outcomes. Our dam specialists provide expertise in the fields of dam safety, dam rehabilitation, dam analysis and remedial works design.

Our design and construction services extend to all major dam types including: embankment, earthfill, rockfill, concrete gravity, roller compacted concrete, concrete arch and concrete buttress.

Our expertise in hydropower ranges from 5 kW micro power stations through to 8,000 MW major hydroelectric schemes. Areas of hydropower specialisation include:

  • Surface and underground power stations
  • Pumped storage and pumping stations
  • Intake and outlet structures
  • Tunnels, shafts and underground structures
  • Pressure and gravity pipelines