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Challenge Advisory’s energy practice assists clients throughout the energy sector.

We deliver a widespread knowledge of the energy sector, specializing in regulatory processes, pricing, supply and demand, market design, fuel sourcing, financing, technology and operations.

Clients benefit from over fifty years of experience as well as an extensive industry contact lists from our six functional teams, ensuring that risk will be low, value will be high and performances in this burgeoning industry will be optimised.

An increasing scarcity of fossil fuels, as well as environmental consciousness surrounding coal, oil, gas etc. has led to a worldwide reconsideration of energy generation. In order to combat the current issues involving global warming and potential energy sources, industries worldwide are investing heavily in renewable sources of energy as well as looking into existing technologies in an attempt to reduce their carbon footprint. In addition to this, many companies in the energy industry are aiming to increase their performance in order to foster opportunity and growth.

Nuclear Generation

The nuclear industry is still growing in Eastern Europe, parts of Asia, and the Middle East even as it contracts in Western Europe and North America. Many generators in Western countries are suffering from declining margins as natural gas prices fall, demand grows, and operations and maintenance costs escalate. By contrast, those in growth regions are looking for ways to attract investors, develop nuclear regimes, and construct plants on time and on budget.

We support clients along the nuclear value chain, using industry-specific tools and approaches such as our proprietary models for nuclear generation, levelized cost of electricity, and new-build capital expenditure. We support the development of new nuclear regimes, working with countries on new-build strategies, supplier-development plans, economic impact assessments, and regulatory development. Challenge Advisory also help to build nuclear generation capacity, drive operational transformation and advise on decommissioning.

Energy Technologies

Challenge Advisory assists the client in making the right decisions concerning emerging energy innovations, liaising with our risk and strategy teams to analyze research investments and develop emerging technologies.

Oil and Gas

Challenge Advisory help clients to prolong oil and gas prevalence by employing techniques such as fracking or carbon sequestration. We draw from considerable industry experience gain invaluable competitive advantages.

Upstream Operations

We help clients deliver safe, reliable, and efficient operations while maximizing production from their assets. Delivering operational excellence is more challenging than ever, especially in mature and aging assets. Operators in all major basins are seeing deterioration in production efficiency and a rise in procurement and supply-chain costs. Meanwhile, there is a widening gap between best and poorer assets in safety, facility availability, well production, and reservoir performance. Our experience with clients indicates that bridging this gap can add as much as 30 percent to net present value.

Downstream Operations

We develop our own tools and models through our Energy Insights group to generate a number of proprietary analyses and forecasts. This allows us to support our clients with market diligence, project evaluation, portfolio analyses, business planning and optimization, among other challenging decisions. Setting the right operating strategy is critical to achieving consistent profitability. We help clients assess downstream market fundamentals to identify strategic opportunities and build capabilities in advanced analytics and fact-based problem solving to boost their agility, confidence, and competitive edge.

 

Renewable Energy

We help clients create value from renewable energy by identifying and pursuing growth options, achieving operational excellence, and participating in the regulatory process. Solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, waste-to-energy, and hydropower technologies are providing more of the world’s energy as costs fall and countries seek to limit carbon footprints and secure energy supplies. This growth is also being fueled by advances in distributed generation, smart grids, and energy storage. At the same time, companies face challenges such as grid integration, subsidy reductions, and supplier consolidation.

 

Smart Grid

We help network owners and operators achieve world-class opex and capex performance, create value from emerging technologies, and carve out competitive positions for a smart-grid world. Over the next two decades, power networks in emerging countries will expand rapidly to serve growing populations, while developed economies will upgrade their infrastructure to cope with demand discontinuities and the transition to smart grids. Estimates indicate that to meet demand, the world’s transmission and distribution lines will need to increase by more than a third to 94 million kilometers by 2035, at a cost of more than $310 billion per year.

 

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Our Expertise

Our Expertise

Performance Improvement Through carbon development, greenhouse gas projections, impact analyses and benchmarking analyses, Challenge provides the client with information and support required to construct business plans designed to improve performance.

Energy Technologies Challenge Advisory assists the client with their decision-making concerning emerging energy innovations, liaising with our risk and strategy teams to analyze research investments and develop emerging technologies.

Oil and Gas Challenge Advisory help clients to prolong oil and gas prevalence by employing techniques such as fracking or carbon sequestration. We draw from considerable industry experience to gain invaluable competitive advantages.

Renewable Energy Innovations Challenge Advisory help clients to create value by implementing renewable energy projects. We advise clients on meeting their energy requirements by helping them integrate renewable energy technologies.

Energy Efficiency/Demand Side Strategies Challenge Advisory develops high-quality advice to expertly navigate marketing, regulation and energy policies, ensuring that clients are well informed when developing towards a key player in the future energy grid.

Smart Grid Challenge Advisory help our clients to gain value from the smart grid, developing assessments, strategies and business objectives to ensure our clients enjoy a significant advantage from the transitional changes.

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Capital Productivity

We help companies extract maximum value from capital budgets and generate superior returns for shareholders and ratepayers.

We help clients with capital productivity in all business areas, project types, and stages: portfolio optimization, project concept and design, lean construction, contract and contractor management, contract close-out, and commissioning support.

 Strengthening The Corporate Portfolio

We help clients reassess the logic for allocating capital expenditure (capex) throughout the business and redesign planning and budgeting processes to link project funding to corporate strategy and value-creation potential.

 Supporting Individual Project Development

On mega projects worth $1 billion or more, we help clients minimize risks to the balance sheet and boost net present value by up to 25 percent by improving project concept and setup. On small- and medium-size projects, we help create business cases, optimize concepts and designs, and streamline construction—delivering typical savings of 10 to 30 percent of the addressable budget.

 Working Across The Value Chain

In generation, we provide end-to-end support on investment projects across all technologies and including building new power stations and refurbishment projects. In transmission, we help reduce costs, improve reliability, and increase customer affordability for large project portfolios; and optimize design, improve lands and rights processes, and implement lean-construction techniques in major time-critical corridor projects. In IT, we support utilities in capturing value by ensuring that projects meet business needs and are easy to transfer from the building phase to the operational phase.

Our Partners

We help utilities and energy businesses rethink strategies, build capabilities, and pursue new opportunities. Our clients are all invested in the reliable supply of energy and new technologies.

Our Partners

We support renewable energy organisations such as solar, wind, biomass, hydropower and geothermal, in order to relax the strain on fossil fuels as a source of energy supply.

Challenge Advisory also serve complementary sectors to energy supply, such as organisations concerned with energy storage, smart grid and transmission.

We work with project developers, sponsors, lenders, tax equity investors, power purchasers and sellers in order to facilitate the financing and acquisition necessary for a more reliable energy supply.

Finally, Challenge Advisory's clients also relate to utilities, governmental and regulatory bodies to establish tax incentives and other financial sanctions, and to implement new technology.

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