Hydropower &Hydraulic Structures

Black & Veatch has delivered hydropower solutions worldwide for more than 40 years.

Hydropower & Hydraulic Structures

We’ve produced results on nearly 500 projects and more than 50,000 megawatts in hydropower design. A track record like that can only be achieved by meeting the toughest budgets under the tightest schedules. That formula helps us meet the goal we share with all clients – maximum return on their infrastructure investment.

We’re committed to finding clean, green power alternatives. Our expertise ranges from studies and valuations to optimizing existing operations. We handle engineering and construction services for small hydropower facilities up to conventional, large hydropower plants. In addition, we perform all of the engineering, environmental and regulatory services required for relicensing hydropower facilities.


We offer a comprehensive suite of services that align with the life cycle of a project. Our single-source solutions allow our clients to focus on their businesses and simplify an otherwise complex issue. Our services include permitting and licensing, conceptual through detailed design, and program and construction management. We also provide asset management as well as startup and commissioning services.

Hydropower and hydraulic structures are among our core specialties, as Black & Veatch is a global leader in both energy and water facilities. We also offer comprehensive capabilities in the following key service areas: 

Pumped Storage and Large Pumping Facilities

Black & Veatch has provided global pumped storage-related hydroelectric engineering services for more than 25 years. With our leadership in the development of renewable energy projects, we are uniquely positioned and qualified to support the integration of pumped storage in a client’s overall power portfolio. We bring significant experience in:

  • Understanding today’s pump turbine equipment market and procurement approach
  • Transient analysis of the water conductor systems and hydraulic design of inlet/outlet structures
  • Geotechnical and dam engineering for the powerhouse and upper and lower reservoirs
  • Tunnel and underground structure engineering
  • Powerhouse design using 3D CADD to optimize space utilization in the powerhouse
  • Grid integration and interconnection


Insight: San Diego to Develop Innovative Hydropower Energy Storage Project


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