Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for Burgos Wind Project

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The EDC Burgos Wind Power Corporation engaged GHD to advise on the environmental and social impact of a wind farm project.

GHD prepared an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) study for the 165 MW wind farm located in a 618 ha project development block that is situated in a site declared as a cultural resource (Palpalokada Landscape) and reserved as an area for tourist development.

The team assessed in detail the biodiversity, hydrogeological, noise and air quality, heritage and cultural resources, land and visual, and socio economics and public health conditions of the project site.

Environmental and social mitigation measures were identified to address any recognized impacts as a result of the project’s construction and operation. In the course of the study, via a risk assessment workshop, an Environmental and Social Management Plan was also developed in accordance with local and international regulations for implementation throughout the project’s lifecycle.

Air & Noise

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GHD provides practical, scientific based air quality and noise management solutions. We consider sustainable practice and legislative demands on air and noise outcomes to help you reach your targets efficiently – to keep you ahead of the pack.

The right advice in air & noise can help the environment, improve your project success and reduce life cycle costs.

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Geology

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GHD's Geology team applies geological principles to the civil engineering, and mining and resources development industries. We work with our clients to deliver tailored solutions that optimise the negotiation of prevailing geological conditions, with the aim of minimising project cost and risk.

Our geological services are fully integrated with the diverse skills base across the GHD network. As an international professional services provider, we deliver the following geology services:

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Impact Assessment & Permitting

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GHD provides holistic, integrated solutions for managing impact assessment and approvals. Our environmental and community planners, engineers and scientists work with you to understand your needs from concept phase through to decommissioning.

From the start of a project, we consider environmental and social factors to help you minimise potential impacts of a project, reduce approvals timeframes and compliance costs and increase community engagement and acceptance.

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Natural Resources

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Our scientists, ecologists, analysts and resource economists design robust, cost effective and scientifically based natural resource management (NRM) solutions. We work with water authorities, local government, land management agencies, planning authorities, legal firms, urban developers, NRM and agri-businesses, traditional owners corporations, and companies planning infrastructure projects (such as dams, irrigation, agricultural enterprises, wind farms, and mining and energy provision). We’re known for our practical, solution-based approach to ecologically sustainable development.

By working with GHD, you can draw on our skill in ecological, natural resource and agricultural impact assessment, restoration, biosecurity and landscape planning, resource economic analysis, constraints mapping and geographic spatial analysis and community engagement, and capacity building to deliver practical and value-added management outcomes.

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Power Generation

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We cover technologies from conventional fossil fuel firing in thermal power plants (e.g. sub-critical and supercritical coal-fired plants, coal seam methane and natural gas fired gas turbines, combined cycle power plant and cogeneration) to emerging technologies such as integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) and polygeneration (combined power, heat and chemicals).

Our teams can engage with you at all levels and stages of project delivery – from concept design and feasibility studies through to all aspects of asset management.

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Renewable Energy

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GHD provides integrated services to clients seeking an innovative approach to developing and managing renewable energy projects and assets.

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Stakeholder Engagement & Social Sustainability

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