ProjectsHere is a small selection of some of the projects that this part of our business has undertaken around the world.
Permits and impact assessments for fuel plant
Nordisk Etanolproduction AB is looking to invest over £1m in a major plant for production of ethanol, biogas and biofuels, together with fertilisers etc. For this, WSP has prepared the environmental permit application, the environmental impact assessments and risk assessment. We have also prepared the permit application for the new harbour which is close to the proposed site.
EIAs for Sweden's state utility
Our team is conducting EIAs for Svenska Kraftnät, the state utility who own and maintain the national grid. In total we are working on EIAs that measure approximately three-quarters the length of Sweden. Specifically, we are assisting Svenska Kraftnät with the renewal of a permit for a 400kV aerial power line that is 972km in length.
Environmental impact assessment for tourist attraction in Warsaw
We completed an EIA for the Wilanów Palace which is located on the outskirts of Warsaw and is considered to be a pearl of Polish architectural heritage. An increase in visitor numbers has led to proposals for renovations on the palace complex where our environmental assessments had to be underpinned by a deep understanding of heritage issues.
Environmental management for zinc mining in Namibia
The Sperrgebiet in Namibia is one of the world's best preserved natural Environments and for over 80 years has been closed to public access. However, under its surface is the valuable resource of zinc and we have been working with the Skorpion Zinc project for 10 years to assess and mitigate the impacts of zinc mining in this environmentally sensitive area.
Environmental management plans and marine ecology in the Seychelles
We produced an environmental management plan and undertook terrestrial and marine ecology studies for a luxury resort development on the Seychelles. It includes 60 hectares of reclaimed land and another 60 hectares reclaimed from the sea. In addition to specialist studies, we calculated the carbon footprint for the development and designed rehabilitation and monitoring programmes for the marine ecology.
Environmental and social impact assessment for power plant in Saudi Arabia
Plans for the world's largest Independent Water and Power Plant (IWPP), Marafiq, have been put forward in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We conducted an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment to highlight all environmental and social issues that may result and encompassed an appraisal of national, regional and international legislation, including an adherence to the International Finance Corporation's Equator Principles. More...
Biodiversity action plans (BAP) for Highveld Steel & Vanadium in South Africa
We undertook biodiversity assessments and developed a BAP for three of Highveld Steel & Vanadium Corporation Limited facilities across South Africa. We produced biodiversity baseline assessments, engaged the public and stakeholders, set biodiversity objectives, undertook a biodiversity evaluation, and managed and formulated the BAP planning and monitoring strategy.
Impact assessment for area of historical significance in Scotland
WSP conducted an EIA for a proposed extension and refurbishment of the historical Buchanan Galleries area of Glasgow, including the preparation of Townscape & Visual and Archaeology and Cultural Heritage technical chapters for the planning submission. A number of listed buildings are present and the City Conservation Area also borders the development area.
River health monitoring in South Africa
We undertook river health monitoring below the Metallica Chemical site in KwaZulu-Natal. The work involved using the South African Scoring System 5 bio-assessment technique. We prepared a baseline study to establish current conditions and to identify appropriate monitoring locations and will assess any changes in ecosystem health during site remediation works.
Environmental permits for the largest producer of oil and gas in South Eastern Europe
Petrom, the largest producer of oil and gas in South Eastern Europe, had proposals for 3 new bioremediation and landfill sites across Romania. We were commissioned to conduct the environment permit for PUZ (the SEA procedure), and the environment permit (following the EIA procedure) and waste management permit for the proposals. We identified the impacts and developed mitigatory measures which enabled the sites to be passed to construction.