PROJECTS

Roberschan Environmental's Principal, R. Scott Hanna, has extensive project experience in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and the South Pacific. The following are but a few examples of projects on which Scott has served as Senior Environmental Advisor:
 
** Projects undertaken when Scott was with Hatch Ltd. or Hatch's predecessor, Acres International Ltd.
Environmental and Social Safeguard Reviews for Hydropower Projects - Georgia, Mozambique, Pakistan
 

In support of Mott MacDonald (UK), Scott was responsible for reviewing the Cumulative Impact Assessment for Nenskra HPP (Georgia), Environmental and Social Safeguards Corrective Action Plan for Gulpur HPP (Pakistan), Gulpur HPP Construction Monitoring Reports No. 4 & 5 (Pakistan), Health, Environment, and Social Safeguards section of Patrind HPP Construction Monitoring Report (Pakistan), and Preliminary Environmental Report for Pavua HPP (Mozambique).

Core Area Wastewater Treatment Project Due Diligence Panel - Canada

 

On behalf of the Capital Regional District (Victoria, BC), Scott was the Lead member of the 3-member Due Diligence Panel responsible for providing oversight and feedback to the Project Board in developing the business case for a new 108 MLD secondary wastewater treatment facility and 25,000 KgPD biosolids treatment facility.

Final Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for Tina River Hydropower Development Project – Solomon Islands

 

On behalf of the Tina River Hydropower Development Project, Solomon Islands Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification / World Bank, Scott provided his services as the Senior International ESIA Specialist, responsible for reviewing and finalising the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) for a proposed 20MW peaking hydropower project on the Island of Guadalcanal. The project involves a 53m high RCC dam, 3.5km power tunnel, and 4 x 5MW powerhouse, on the Tina River, Guadalcanal.

Preparation of Environmental & Socio-economic / Socio-cultural Baseline Studies Plans for Proposed Open Pit Copper Mine – Confidential Location

 

Scott provided senior level environmental and socio-economic expertise as the Senior Environmental Advisor to Vale Exploration (Australia). He was responsible for developing environmental and socio-economic / socio-cultural baseline studies plans for a proposed copper mine development involving an open pit mine and mineral processing plant, new roads, port facilities, tailings disposal facilities, worker accommodation facilities and a power generating plant. A schedule and budget was also developed for the project.

IFC Performance Standards / Environmental and Social Safeguards Review of Aluminium Refinery and Thermal Power Plant - China**

 

Scott conducted an IFC Performance Standards / Environmental and Social Safeguards Review of an existing 1 Mtpd aluminium smelter and its associated 4 x 350 MW thermal power plant, and proposed smelter and power plant expansion in China’s far west region. The operating facilities, were evaluated against four separate sets of IFC standards and guidelines, and involved time in the field to conduct site inspections, document reviews and interviews with management and operating staff at both the smelter and the power plant. Recommendations were then developed to bring the facilities into compliance.

Strategic Environmental Assessment Advice for Site C Clean Energy Project - Canada**

 

Scott was the Senior Environmental Assessment Advisor to BC Hydro for the proposed 1100 MW Site C hydropower development on the Peace River, British Columbia. He was responsible for providing strategic advice on the coordinated federal / provincial environmental assessment process, developing the detailed EA and regulagtory process schedule, managing the Sustainable Development inputs to the Project, supporting BC Hydro in developing the EA Application, and assessing alternative means of delivering the project (environmental and socio-economic aspects). Scott was also responsible for providing senior level environmental and social input to Project Optimization studies, and for advising on requirements for Aboriginal consultation from an EA perspective.

Environmental Assessment and Management for Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project - Canada**

 

Scott provided strategic environmental planning and management advice to the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for this 11km elevated/underground/at-grade extension to Vancouver's SkyTrain system. He was responsible for managing a team of specialist consultants to prepare and submit an Environmental Assessment Certificate application, and moving the Application through the formal review process to project certification.  Following acquisition of the EA Certificate, Scott continued to manage environmental activities associated with the Early Works and Advanced Works programs. 

Environmental Advisory Services for Northern Area Rural Power Distribution Project - Lao PDR**

 

Scott provided senior level environmental expertise to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Electricité du Laos for preparing the initial environmental evaluation (IEE), including reviewing Lao PDR environmental criteria, standards, norms and legislation pertaining to electricity development projects, forestry, agriculture, land use and land acquisition, and environmental protection; carrying out reconnaissance surveys of 800km of proposed 115-kV transmission and 1100km of 35- and 22-kV distribution line routes, and substation sites including helicopter reconnaissance of remote areas of the country; evaluating potential environmental impacts, identifying appropriate mitigation / compensation requirements, and preparing the environmental management and monitoring plans; preparing the IEE on behalf of Electricité du Laos; and evaluating environmental institutional capacity and capabilities of Electircité du Laos.

Tina River Hydropower Development Project: Management Plan Reviews - Solomon Islands
 
On behalf of the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification / World Bank, Scott was the Senior ESIA Specialist responsible for reviewing 33 engineering and environmental/social management plans for the Tina River Hydropower Development Project, a peaking hydropower facility consisting of 53m high RCC dam, 3.5km power tunnel, 15MW (3 x 5MW) powerhouse, and 15km 110kV transmission line, on the Tina River, Guadalcanal.
Australia Awards PNG – UQ Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management (Climate Change Policy) - Australia
 
On behalf of University of Queensland International Development, Scott was the Senior Lecturer responsible for teaching the module on Energy Solutions for Papua New Guinea to Government of PNG agency staff.
Energy Utility Performance and Reliability Improvement Project – Environmental and Social Safeguards - Papua New Guinea
 
On behalf of the World Bank, Scott was the Senior Environmental and Social Safeguards Advisor responsible for undertaking a rapid appraisal of potential environmental and social risks, preparing an Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF), a Stakeholder Engagement and Consultation Plan, and a Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) for improvement of operational performance of PNG’s national electricity utility and improvement of reliability of electricity in the project area through gas-to-power investments and urgent rehabilitation and upgrade of PNG Power Ltd. infrastructure.
Energy Infrastructure Project Assurance Services -Canada
 
On behalf of Kirk Environmental and KPMG, Scott was the Senior Environmental Advisor responsible for providing assurance advice pertaining to environmental and compliance aspects of a major Canadian energy infrastructure Project to a Confidential Project Proponent.
Five-year Compliance Review: Vancouver Airport Authority Management, Operations and Financial Performance - Canada
 
On behalf of Kirk Environmental, Scott was the Senior Environmental Specialist responsible for compliance audits of VAA’s environmental management, sustainability, emergency management, aviation safety management, and noise management performance for the 5-year period 2013–2018. 
Global Solutions Group (GSG) for Hydropower and Dams
As Senior Environmental and Social Safeguards Advisor, Scott is responsible for providing advice to the World Bank's Washington, DC based Global Solutions Group on issues related to strategy, innovation and business development, mentoring and talent acquisition, technical quality assurance, partnerships and learning, and knowledge management for the Bank's global hydropower and dams practice. Specific tasks include: advising on hydropower and dams permissibility and feasibility; environmental and social impact assessment; stakeholder engagement; and implementation for construction, operation and maintenance.

Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program: Environmental and Regulatory Management Advisory Services - Canada
 

On behalf of the Capital Regional District (Victoria, BC), Scott was the Senior Environmental and Regulatory Advisor responsible for providing on-going advice regarding environmental regulatory requirements, including new and supplementary EIS requirements, for a $765M 108 MLD tertiary wastewater treatment facility, 30,000 KgPD biosolids treatment facility, undersea forcemain, marine outfall, and 19 km residual solids pipeline and associated pump stations.

Energy Sector Development Project: Environmental and Social Safeguards - Papua New Guinea
 

As Senior Environmental and Social Safeguards Specialist for the World Bank, Scott was responsible for providing assistance on a project-by-project basis, simultaneously with project development, including: reviewing ESIA for Naoro-Brown Hydropower Project, and providing recommendations to ensure environmental and social safeguards are applied; and assisting with developing environmental and social capacity within PNG Power Ltd.

Carbon Management Lectures – School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia
 

Senior Lecturer responsible for preparing and delivering lectures to undergraduate and graduate students on carbon management and reduction in the energy sector.

Electricity Access and Renewable Energy Expansion Project: Environmental and Social Safeguards - Solomon Islands
 

On behalf of Solomon Islands Electricity Authority and the World Bank, Scott was the Senior Environmental and Social Safeguards Specialist responsible for developing an overarching Safeguards Framework including an Environmental and Social Management Framework for construction of micro and mini-grids in rural areas of the Solomon Islands and for preparing an ESIA for a 0.6MW grid-connected solar plant. 

ASEAN Distributed Power Project – Corporate ESMS & Facilities Environmental and Social Compliance Audits - Thailand

 

In support of Mott MacDonald (UK) and the Asian Development Bank, Scott was the Senior EMS Auditor and Team Leader, responsible for leading a corporate audit on a power company’s environmental and social management system (ESMS) and an environmental and social compliance audit on past and current activities associated with solar, wind and combined cycle gas fired power generation facilities.

Supplementary ESIA for Super Trishuli Hydropower Project - Nepal
 

In support of Mott MacDonald (UK) and Blue Energy Pvt Ltd, Scott was the Senior Hydropower ESIA Specialist responsible for reviewing aquatic macro-invertebrate assessment methodology for a supplementary ESIA prepared to meet international best practice for a new 100MW run-of-river hydropower project.

Pacific Learning Centre: Environmental and Social Safeguards Training and Training Needs Analysis - Samoa 

 

On behalf of the World Bank, Scott was the Senior ESS Specialist responsible for delivering training on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) to the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), delivering training on Environmental and Social Safeguards to, and undertaking training needs analysis for, the Government of Samoa.

Development of New EIA Guidelines for the Hydropower Sector - Nepal

 

In support of Mott MacDonald (UK), Scott was the Lead EIA Specialist and Team Leader for a joint IFC / ICIMOD / Australian DFAT sponsored project to develop new EIA guidelines for hydropower projects in Nepal. The work included conducting a gap analysis of existing EIA hydropower legislation, regulations, guidelines and manuals; consulting relevant stakeholders; developing revised guidelines based on principles of transparency, efficiency and uniformity; conducting workshops to promote good international industry practice and assist stakeholders in understanding and adapting to revised EIA guidelines; and developing and delivering training manuals and training workshops.

Environmental Assessment and Management for Canada Line Rapid Transit Project - Canada**

 

Scott was the VP Environmental and Regulatory Affairs for the Canada Line Rapid Transit Project, a 19km underground/elevated/at-grade rail transit system, with 16 stations.  He was responsible for obtaining the Project’s provincial and federal environmental assessment certification, successfully negotiating municipal access agreements, successfully negotiating capacity funding and impact benefits agreements with Aboriginal groups, managing outside legal counsel who were successful in defending legal challenges to the Environmental Assessment Certificate, managing numerous specialist consultants, and developing and implementing the Canada Line environmental audit program. In these capacities, Scott regularly presented an environmental and regulatory affairs report to the Board of Directors of the Project.

Technical Advisor for Vancouver Airport Fuel Delivery Project - Canada**

 

Scott was the Senior Technical Lead responsible for providing overall environmental and regulatory management advice to Vancouver Airport Fuel Facilities Corporation for this upstream fuelling project. The project included a deep sea terminal to offload aviation kerosene (jet fuel), a 6 x 10 million Litre fuel receiving facility, and a 15 km, 30cm diameter pipeline to convey fuel to Vancouver International Airport.  Scott was involved from initial project planning, including managing a multiple accounts evaluation of numerous fuel delivery options, through preparation of the Environmental Assessment Certificate application and application review.

Preparation and Appraisal (Environmental) for Estonian Transport Sector Project - Estonia**

 

Scott provided senior level environmental expertise to the World Bank for project preparation and appraisal for a project aimed at upgrading road and bridge facilities along 300km of Hwy 2, between Tallinn and Luhamaa. He was responsible for evaluating environmental and socioeconomic aspects of various project components including developing terms of reference for feasibility studies; evaluating these studies for adequacy; reviewing Estonian environmental criteria, standards, norms and legislation pertaining to highway design, construction, maintenance and operation, environmental protection, land ownership and expropriation; developing and delivering environmental training programs; reviewing Estonian EA requirements for highway projects; evaluating public consultation efforts; and assessing the environmental institutional capacity and capabilities of the Estonian National Road Administration. 

Environmental Supervision for Mianhuatan Hydropower Project - China**

 

Scott provided senior level environmental supervision expertise for this Asian Development Bank (ADB)-financed 600MW hydropower and associated transmission lines scheme.  He was responsible for auditing: environmental assessment documents to ensure compliance with international and Chinese EA standards; environmental performance of contractors responsible for the dam, switchyard, transmission line and underground works; environmental performance of the resettlement program, including construction of the new villages, and deconstruction/sanitation of abandoned villages; status of contractors’ environmental monitoring programs; and client agency’s environmental training program.

Environmental Supervision for Hubei Hydropower Project - China**

 

Scott provided senior-level environmental expertise for this World Bank-financed program of four 30MW to 110MW hydropower projects. His work included: conducting overview environmental and socio-cultural assessments of four medium-sized hydro projects, high voltage transmission systems, substations and road networks; preparing terms of reference for detailed Category A environmental assessments (EAs) and environmental management plans (EMPs) for the projects, reviewing the detailed EAs and EMPs  to ensure compliance with international and Chinese EA standards; conducting environmental compliance audits during project implementation; and evaluating environmental institutional capacity of provincial, prefecture and county level hydropower companies and regulatory agencies.

Environmental Coordination and Supervision for Bosnia Road Management and Safety Project - Bosnia and Herzegovina**

 

Scott provided senior level environmental expertise to the World Bank for project preparation, appraisal and supervision of a project to improve traffic flow and reduce accident rates on the country’s road network through rehabilitation of priority road sections. The project also sought to reinforce the environmental capacity of the Federation of Bosnia Herzegovina and Republika Srpska road directorates and environmental agencies.  Scott was responsible for providing input to requests for expression of interest (RFEI), requests for proposals (RFP) and tender documents; evaluating environmental components of expressions of interest (EOI) and proposals; undertaking environmental audits of the project during project implementation to ensure that the project complied with World Bank and EU environmental and social safeguard policies, and that environmental management plans (EMPs) were being implemented effectively; providing ongoing support for institutional capacity building of road directorate environmental units and environmental agencies, through provision of training seminars, technology transfer and review meetings; and preparing the environmental section of the implementation completion report (ICR).

Preparation and Appraisal (Environmental) for Kyrgyzstan Transport Project - Kyrgyzstan**

 

Scott provided senior level environmental expertise to the World Bank for project preparation and appraisal, and was responsible for evaluating environmental and socio-economic aspects of various project components, including: developing terms of reference for feasibility studies; evaluating these studies for adequacy; reviewing Kyrgyz Republic environmental criteria, standards, norms and legislation pertaining to infrastructure construction, maintenance and operation, environmental protection, and public consultation; reviewing Kyrgyz Republic EA requirements for transport projects; evaluating public consultation efforts; and assessing the environmental institutional capacity and capabilities of the Kyrgyz Republic Ministry of Environmental Protection, and the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.

Program Management for Watershed Ecological Inventory and Modelling Program - Canada**

 

Scott provided senior level program management expertise to the Greater Vancovuer Water District (GVWD) of Metro Vancouver for development of ecological inventories and GIS-based models for use in landscape level watershed management for GVWD's three primary watersheds (Coquitlam, Seymour and Capilano).  The scope of services provided included managing a select team of forest ecology, forest pest management, fire management, water management, geomorphology/terrain stability and GIS experts to prove out the inventory and modelling theories in a sub-drainage pilot study, before expanding the program to all three watersheds. The expanded team for the full program consisted of over sixty specialists. The GIS-based models were developed as a set of decision support tools for Metro Vancouver's watershed management department. The project received an Award of Merit by the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada.

Environmental and Social Supervision for Yixing and Tongbai Pumped Storage Projects - China**

 

Scott provided senior-level environmental expertise to the World Bank for project environmental and social supervision for the 1000MW Yixing Pumped Storage Project in Jiangsu Province and the 1200MW Tongbai Pumped Storage Project in Zhejiang Province. He was responsible for: reviewing environmental assessment (EA) documentation to ensure compliance with China and World Bank EA standards; assisting the borrowers to prepare the EA summary reports for submission to the World Bank’s Board of Directors; undertaking environmental audits during project implementation to ensure that the projects complied with World Bank environmental and social safeguard policies, and that environmental management plans (EMPs) were being implemented effectively; and providing ongoing support for institutional capacity building of the companies’ environmental units, and state electric power companies. 

Environmental Supervision for Siberia and Far East Highway Project (HRMP2) - Russia**

 

Scott provided senior level environmental expertise to the World Bank for project preparation, project appraisal and project implementation, and acted as Team Leader for the environmental specialists assembled by the World Bank to evaluate environmental and socio-cultural aspects of various project components including: developing terms of reference for feasibility studies; evaluating these studies for adequacy; reviewing Russian environmental criteria, standards, norms and legislation pertaining to highway design, construction, maintenance and operation; developing and delivering environmental training programs; reviewing Russian EA requirements for highway projects; evaluating public consultation efforts; and auditing the environmental performance of the Russian Federal Highway Authority (RFHA) and its contractors during project implementation.

Infrastructure and Environmental Advisor for Azerbaijan Pilot Reconstruction Project - Azerbaijan**

 

Scott provided senior level infrastructure and environmental expertise to the World Bank for project preparation and appraisal of a post-conflict rehabilitation and reconstruction project in regions of Azerbaijan devastated during the conflict over Nagorno Karabakh. His work included: reviewing the existing situation in terms of damage to the existing engineered infrastructure, infrastructure sector organization, and future prospects for the sectors; reviewing the Government of Azerbaijan’s Reconstruction Program and assessing priorities in terms of urgent works projects; initiating studies to the feasibility/detailed design level, as appropriate, for the urgent works to be included in the pilot reconstruction project using local counterparts; defining appropriate implementation strategies; estimating investment needs (local and foreign) and disbursement schedule; assessing operation and maintenance costs and sources of financing; assisting in defining policy recommendations for the sector; assessing the environmental impacts of the program and defining mitigation measures to reduce adverse effects; training Azerbaijani counterparts and providing sample documents to enable them to undertake follow-up work on their own.

Environmental Supervision for Zambia Power Rehabilitation Project - Zambia**

 

Scott provided senior level environmental expertise to the World Bank for project environmental and social supervision. The scope his services included:  completing environmental audits during project implementation to ensure that the project complied with World Bank environmental and social safeguard policies, and that environmental management plans (EMPs) were being implemented effectively; reviewing progress on infrastructure and social development programs in the Gwembe-Tonga development area, and recommending actions to advance progress; providing ongoing support for institutional capacity building of the Zambia Electricity Supply Company’s (ZESCO) Environmental and Social Affairs Unit; and evaluating a long-standing land expropriation dispute and providing recommendations for an arbitrated settlement.

Environmental Advisory Services for Power Sector I Project – Russia**

 

Scott provided his expertise as an Environmental Specialist to the World Bank for project preparation.  Working together with the Bank’s engineering and financial specialists, and with Russian executing agencies (Lenenergo and RAO EES) to elaborate project definition, Scott identified likely costs of environmental assessment and mitigation requirements associated with various project components. His work included reviewing applicable World Bank standards for environmental assessment, and classifying the project within the Bank’s environmental screening guidelines;  reviewing Russian environmental assessment requirements with representatives of the Ministry of Ecology and Ministry of Fuel and Energy Environmental Department; undertaking a preliminary environmental assessment and developing a draft mitigation plan; and preparing terms of reference for more detailed environmental assessments on priority projects.

Preparation and Appraisal (Environmental) Services for Moscow Urban Transport Project - Russia**

 

Scott provided senior level environmental and socio-economic expertise to the World Bank for project preparation and appraisal, for which he was responsible for: developing terms of reference for feasibility studies; evaluating these studies for adequacy; reviewing Moscow City environmental criteria, standards, norms and legislation pertaining to infrastructure construction, maintenance and operation, environmental protection, and public consultation; reviewing Moscow City EA requirements for transport projects; evaluating public consultation efforts; and assessing the environmental institutional capacity and capabilities of the Moscow City Department of Transportation and Communications and Dorinvest.

Environmental Supervision for Trishuli-Devighat Hydroelectric Upgrading Project – Nepal**

 

Scott provided his expertise as an Environmental Specialist to the Nepal Electricity Authority for environmental support on two hydro plants (21MW Trishuli and 14.1MW Devighat), that required upgrading due to siltation and hydraulic problems.  Scott was responsible for conducting an environmental assessment of the upgrade alternatives, and providing environmental supervision and monitoring during the construction phase.

Environmental Preparation for Ghana Environmental Resource Management Project - Ghana**

 

Scott was the Team Leader responsible for providing senior level resource management and program management expertise for preparation of a World Bank project focused on the development of a national environmental resource management strategy, with associated resource management projects defined across all regions and all industry sectors. The work included developing the scope and budget for the national environmental resource management project.

Environmental Assessment Management for Krasnodar Gas Pipeline EIA - Russia**

 

Scott provided senior level environmental expertise to the World Bank for a Category A environmental assessment (EA) associated with a proposed 60-km, 720-mm gas pipeline needed to supply gas to a new 1350-MW combined cycle thermal generating station located at Moskovskoi (near Krasnodar). Leading a team of Russian environmental consultants, Scott was responsible for preparing an EA to Russian and World Bank standards, and coordinating inter-agency and Public/NGO stakeholder participation.

Environmental Review Services for Hydroelectric Project Site Selection – China**

 

As part of a multi-disciplinary team of hydropower experts, Scott provided his environmental expertise to review and evaluate environmental issues associated with two potential sites (Shuibuya vs Banxia) for an 1800MW to 2000MW dam on the Qingjiang River, in western Hubei Province. His role included: conducting an adequacy review of studies completed by the Changjiang Water Resources Commission; comparing the environment of the proposed dam site area to the nearly completed Geheyan reservoir area, located immediately downstream; and developing recommendations for changes and additions to the work plan for the feasibility stage of the project.

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