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Mott MacDonald and Halcrow to Tackle Tidal Energy Projects

Mott MacDonald Leading consultants Mott MacDonald and Halcrow have teamed-up to promote the growing opportunities for the sustainable development of global tidal range energy projects.

The two organisations will collaborate on the identification, pursuit, study and delivery of tidal range energy opportunities throughout the world.

Halcrow and Mott MacDonald are leaders in the power and engineering sectors and this collaboration recognises the exceptional scale and challenges of delivering complex tidal power generation schemes.

Supported by senior representatives from both companies, this collaborative initiative will be led by Mott MacDonald's Dr Simon Harrison and Halcrow's Ben Hamer. Dr Simon Harrison is responsible for developing Mott MacDonald's renewable energy business, including wind, biomass, hydropower and other renewable energy sources; while Ben Hamer is a renowned coastal expert and a director of Halcrow's maritime business.

Dr Simon Harrison said, "Both organisations have considerable experience in delivering major infrastructure projects and we share a culture of integrity, innovation and knowledge-sharing, coupled with a long-term vision for sustainability."

Ben Hamer adds, "We're delighted that Halcrow and Mott MacDonald have decided to team-up to address the requirements of this developing sector. Both organisations are committed to developing a successful working relationship."

The collaboration team has already secured a feasibility study to evaluate options for harnessing tidal energy on the Solway Firth, commissioned by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), together with Scottish Enterprise and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

In addition, coastal modellers, economists and scientists from both companies continue to examine the feasibility of a number of schemes under consideration including further exploration of the issues surrounding the development of a River Severn tidal power station.


1. Dr Simon Harrison, Mott MacDonald
2. Ben Hamer, Halcrow
3. About Mott MacDonald
4. About Halcrowbr

1. Dr Simon Harrison
Simon Harrison is director responsible for renewable energy in consultancy Mott MacDonald, and chair of the Energy Policy Panel at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (formerly the IEE).

He leads a business unit providing engineering, environmental, economics, policy and financial expertise across onshore and offshore wind, hydroelectricity at all scales, biomass, solar pv and solar thermal, marine and tidal technologies.

With experience ranging from planning national electricity transmission systems, advising on technical, commercial and environmental risks of new power stations, and renewable energy strategy, he takes a keen interest in the current policy debate in the UK and elsewhere. His professional experience includes assignments in the Middle and Far East, India, Pakistan, China, Russia, South America and across Europe.

He has directed a range of policy studies for UK electricity, including assessing the network impact of renewables, the development of industry supply chains, and the roll-out of smart meters.

He is a Chartered Engineer and IET Fellow, and a member of the Power Sector Advisory Group of UKTI, which advises on export promotion for the sector.

2. Ben Hamer

Ben Hamer joined Halcrow in 1995, after working for HR Wallingford and West Dorset District Council. With twenty years' experience, he has been responsible for managing and directing a variety of multi-disciplinary coastal and port engineering projects, in the UK and internationally.

In recent years, Ben has been a technical expert in coastal defence planning and implementation of schemes in the UK, Middle East, USA and Malaysia. He was project director for the master plan to formulate a response to Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana in the USA.

He has managed and directed several Expert Witness and arbitration cases, and provided expert independent advice to contractors and clients on coastal and port projects.

Ben leads Halcrow's maritime business in the UK, Europe and Asia and has responsibility for the commercial performance of the group. He is the chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers' (ICE) Maritime Panel and has previously sat on the Central Dredging Association British Section. His most recent work in thought leadership for the ICE has included co-authoring the paper "Unlocking the Potential" for Marine Renewable Energy as an industry in the UK, and contemplation of the future of sustainable coastal communities in "Living with Rising Sea Levels."

3. Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald is a global management, engineering and development consultancy with more than 14,000 staff, £1 billion turnover and work in 140 countries for the public and private sectors. The employee-owned company is ranked 8th in the 2010 Sunday Times 20 Best Big Companies to Work For survey. Mott MacDonald's core business sectors cover buildings, transport, energy, water.

4. Halcrow

Halcrow is an award-winning consultancy that specialises in the provision of planning, design and management services for infrastructure development worldwide. As one of the largest multi-disciplinary consultancies, Halcrow combines global thinking with local knowledge across transport, water, maritime, property and power commissions in over 90 countries.

Halcrow has won widespread recognition for living its purpose of sustaining and improving the quality of people's lives and the communities it works in benefit from this focus on good corporate citizenship.

As a people-led company, Halcrow connects the right people - in the right place - no matter what stage of the project cycle. Striving to achieve excellence in all it does, it encourages collaborative working, strong team integration and a commitment to health and safety across all areas of the business.Halcrow is owned and managed by its employees and staff shareholders, giving them a unique connection with the company and passion for their work.

Halcrow firmly supports the Kyoto Protocol, and seeks to assist governments in meeting their targets for renewable energy generation. Formed in 1979, our renewable energy team provides technical expertise on clean technologies including solar power (photovoltaic and thermal), wind power (onshore and offshore), biomass, marine renewable energy and hydropower.

Halcrow's s services include: management of research and development; market feasibility studies; environmental services; investment appraisal and due diligence; project design and planning; supervision of installation; ongoing monitoring and assessment of project performance.

Published 30/04/2010

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