Power stations, and transmission and distribution infrastructure are often in relatively low-lying areas by estuaries and rivers, and in floodplains. Power generation demands significant quantities of water, usually taken from and discharged into local sources.

WHS has significant experience in assessing and reducing the impact of power infrastructure projects on the water environment. Our expertise extends from flood risk assessment and drainage design to water availability, ecological and environmental assessments.

We work closely with you. Our scale is our strength, keeping the focus on precise requirements to deliver integrated engineering solutions.

We work closely with regulators. We liaise with regulators during scheme development to ensure that formal consent applications are approved quickly and efficiently.

Our river flow assessment tools lead the industry. The WHS engineers and scientists behind LowFlows and Flood Estimation Handbook (FEH) software have nationally recognised expertise, and are highly regarded by regulators.

WHS work in this sector includes flood risk studies and wider planning support across the UK for Western Power Distribution, Scottish & Southern Energy, Innogy (previously RWE npower), Magnox and Drax, along with smaller power companies.

The last word from our clients

“We have used WHS to study potential flood risk and advise on mitigation at both BSP and Primary substations … a very professional and efficient service … making a significant contribution towards helping us achieve our DPCR5 flood risk mitigation task in a timely and cost-efficient manner.”
Peter Jenkins, Major Projects Manager, Western Power Distribution

“We had a complex problem which nobody in the UK had tackled before. WHS experts worked well with our team to help solve this in a resourceful and creative way which led to the removal of the objection to our proposals.”
Developer, RWE



Environmental impact assessment
Flood risk assessment
Hydraulic modelling
Drainage strategy and design
Geomorphological assessment
Peat survey and assessment
River flow monitoring
Ecological survey
WFD assessment
Flood defence and business justification
Marine and coastal assessment

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