Carter Jonas
Carter Jonas

Complete service for new hydro-electric scheme in wales

The Rhiwlas Estate in Bala, north Wales, which includes agricultural and sporting interests, instructed Carter Jonas to investigate the potential for a hydro-electric scheme on its land. Several options were considered, and a high head reservoir-fed scheme was selected as the most suitable to meet the client’s objectives and investment criteria.

Detailed studies identified the area’s catchment, water availability, pipeline route and grid availability and capacity. Carter Jonas was retained to prepare and submit the licensing, abstraction and flood defence applications to the Environment Agency. A planning application was also made to the Local Authority.

Working with the Estate, the team held various negotiations including agreement for rights of access to construct the scheme over two roads, one water crossing and land occupied by four tenants. Throughout the project we ensured a good landlord and tenant relationship was maintained.

Consents and approvals were given, and Carter Jonas was asked to project manage construction, including the laying of 3km of pipeline and installation of the Turgo design turbine. The project was commissioned in March 2012 and the firm’s specialist team negotiated the power supply contract to the grid that provides the project with the potential to generate power at peak demand for a premium contract price.


Charles HardcastleMRICS, FAAV

Partner - Head of Energy and Marine

Charles is a Partner, based in Yorkshire but who operates on a National basis across the country. He heads the Carter Jonas Energy and Marine Team which deals with a wide range of energy projects incl...

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