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As a sustainable and affordable source of electricity, hydropower works with communities and clients across the country. With a 95% efficiency rate in converting waterpower into electricity, this renewable source is also a reliable and essential component for connecting wind and solar energy to the electricity grid.


We understand that energy is at the core of everything we do, no matter where we live in Canada. That is why our team of experts believe in applying innovative thinking to seamlessly integrating renewable energy projects into the built and natural environments.

WSP has developed a solid expertise in the area of hydroelectric facility design. Whether working on a newer facility or inspecting and rehabilitating existing facilities, our multidisciplinary team approaches each project with a customer-focused and constructive approach while employing the latest tools to find the most appropriate solutions.

Our key services include:

  • Prefeasibility and feasibility studies; environmental and social assessments; permits and authorizations; specialized studies (i.e. ice dynamics, sediment transport, etc.); inspection and condition assessment of existing hydropower generation stations;
  • Due diligence review as an independent consulting engineer to potential lenders or buyers; technical support in the development of hydropower projects; commissioning and operational support;
  • Energy potential assessments; energy modelling; 1D, 2D and 3D hydraulic modelling; and
  • Detailed engineering for construction; project management; management and preparation of call for tender documents for the selection of production and/or construction equipment; EPCM services and engineering support for EPC contracts; services during construction.

The expertise of our engineers and technical teams are as follows:

  • Hydraulic and hydrological engineering; and hydraulic structures design;
  • Construction engineering;
  • Geotechnical and geological assessment and investigations;
  • Hydromechanical, and auxiliary mechanical  equipment and systems  for hydropower plants; and
  • High-voltage equipment design and substation, transmission and distribution, and auxiliary backup power.


Gilles Bourgeois
Gilles Bourgeois Directeur de projet, Hydroelectricite et barrages