Bell Ingram have worked for both hydro scheme developers and private clients (including government bodies) for over 25 years, in negotiating terms for proposed hydro schemes throughout Scotland. We have up-to-date knowledge of terms being offered by developers for Option and Lease Terms for such schemes.
For developers we have provided a search and referencing service, where the clients identify potential hydro schemes and Bell Ingram will establish who owns the land and make the first approach to landowners to gauge their reaction for such a proposed development on their land.
We will then help developers to secure Exclusivity Agreements, before negotiating Heads of Terms with landowners for leasing the land and access rights for a hydro scheme. This would lead to the developer’s legal team preparing draft Option and Leases and Bell Ingram’s surveyors would assist the client’s legal team in securing Options for the rights required for the proposed hydro scheme.
For private clients, Bell Ingram advise and negotiate all the Heads of Terms and assist our clients’ legal advisors in agreeing the Option and Lease Terms. These terms are likely to include the location of intakes and powerhouse, penstock and access routes along with the financial terms, including option fees, construction payments, rental terms, working area rents, plus grid connections.
Bell Ingram have experience in negotiating terms for major reservoir impoundment and pump storage hydro schemes, as well as smaller run of river schemes. See our case study section.