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- Virtual power plant – tie-in of PV plants with energy storage
Virtual power plant – tie-in of PV plants with energy storageAs from 2016, the power from solar PV plants rated at 100 kWp and above has to be directly marketed. A chain store owner is considering expanding its PV solar capacity and tying in battery storage to raise power consumption coming from own production. It is being assisted in this by our customer, an energy supply utility. On the basis of its experience with pilot clients, Fichtner develops and evaluates a business model for direct marketing of PV power from plants of 100 kWp and up with integrated battery storage. For this purpose, Fichtner analyzes the structure for feeding residual power to the grid, determines the potential rev-enues from direct marketing, and checks options for utilizing battery storage. The client’s advantages from raising its own consumption are assessed against po-tential revenues in the frequency regulation market. The requirements and costs for technical plant tie-in into primary control power are reviewed. Fichtner creates a remuneration model for direct marketing of PV power with own consumption, with an assessment of the economic performance of battery storage.
- Potential in the German grid edge market
Potential in the German grid edge marketThe client, a global technology company with a strong focus on digital solutions, has contracted Fichtner to conduct a study of the German grid edge market. Grid edge solutions cover a wide variety of technologies, processes and business models for integrating distributed (renewable) energies into the grid. The focus of this study lies in identifying solutions (technologies and business models) and players (from start-ups to estab-lished companies) on the grid edge market and in analyzing current trends of the market. Unifying character of the solutions is the use of digi-tal technologies implementing methods, tools, and concepts of industry 4.0 into the energy market. The work steps include conducting broad re-search into the solutions and players, clustering dominant groups within the identified solutions and players, deducing specific trends and as-sessing them with regard to their future market potential.
- Intensified private customer sales
Intensified private customer salesThe client is a cantonal power utility in Switzerland. For historical reasons, it also has customers in Germany who receive power physically from the Swiss power grid.
With this project, the client sought to assess the strategic options available to it for cultivating this business segment of private customers in Germany as well as the economic effects (earnings performance from selling electricity, cost savings from using service providers, etc.) that would ensue as a result of implementing such strategic options.
The strategic options are therefore defined to the extent necessary for them to be condensed into business cases and quantified. To this end, discussions are held with service providers (for sales services, market communication, invoicing, procurement, etc.) in order to obtain as realistic a picture as possible of the sales and earnings figures.
The second stage of the project involves identifying cooperation partners who might be suitable for jointly cultivating this business segment, and assistance is provided during the initial discussions and further negotiations with these (poten-tial) partners.
Finally, our cooperation in this project includes providing assistance in develop-ing and preparing decision papers for the executive board and the board of directors.
- Marketability of Battery storage
Marketability of Battery storageThe aim is to analyze the economic viability of using battery storage systems. The focus is on markets with renewable power generation capacity or potential, but no purchase commitments for the generated renewable power. The considered electricity markets are Western Europe, North America, Australia, and Japan. To evaluate the economic benefits of battery assisted displacement of grid feed-in, the structure and absolute level of current and projected price spreads are compared with typical daily periods of solar power generation. The revenues and full utilization hours attainable by storing wind power that exceeds the grid capacity are also estimated.
- Analysis of a grid company
Analysis of a grid companyThe client, a distribution system operator in a German conurbation, has contracted Fichtner to conduct a business analysis of its company in order to optimize internal processes and management tools and to ensure that the company is well structured for cost reviews. In doing so, Fichtner examines how the company’s account code structure for its regulated electricity and gas divisions is attuned to the Federal German Network Agency’s current pricing procedures and reviews the evidence provided in the annual statement required to comply with the unbundling laws. Fichtner also provides advice on how to improve financial controlling of the grid fee accounting processes, how to process cross-divisional services in conformity with regulatory provisions, how to perform appropriate product costing for services rendered and how to provide information required for management processes by means of internal reporting.
- Forecast of municipal district heating sales
Forecast of municipal district heating salesThe client, a municipal utility operates medium-sized heat supply networks on the basis of gas or district heating. In part, these compete with each other.
Fichtner has been contracted to forecast district heating sales over the medium and long terms. For this purpose, Fichtner analyzes the current situation by classifying existing customers into various segments. Considered are the categories of private households, building administrations, business and commercial customers, outsourcing, and own consumption. To supplement this, a forecast is made of the decrease in sales due to energy efficiency measures at buildings and displacement by decentralized regenerative generation. Providing the basis for this is the historical decline in types of urban development and energy-economic assumptions. Further, forecasts to a resolution of individual urban districts are made of growth due to development of new and densification of existing urban structures as well as substitution of gas and oil by district heating. The basis for this is the municipality’s urban planning and assumptions for changes in the market. Chances and risks are factored into the considerations through scenario analyses. The upper and lower bounds of potential sales so determined provide the basis for planning the new power plant concept."
- Congestion management with renewables
Congestion management with renewablesOur client, a German transmission system operator, has to reduce power infeed from regenerative sources if required for maintaining system stability. Due to the increasing number of necessary actions, the procedures for infeed management are improved and an appropriate IT solution is developed. This concerns planning and documentation of such actions, an estimate of the financial impact, and checking of invoiced compensa-tion payments.
Fichtner has taken over the external project management as well as the IT project management. Fichtner assists in devising the complete process sequence, identifying the required database, conceptual design of the IT solution, and its implementation.
To insure that all participating business divisions have access to a common database, a platform solution with coordinated applications is selected. As well as administrative project governance, Fichtner oversees set-ting up of the applications by applying agile methodologies."
- Revising an energy trading policy
Revising an energy trading policyDer Kunde, ein deutscher TSO, muss zur Systemstabilisierung bei Bedarf regenerative Einspeisung abregeln. Aufgrund gestiegener Anzahl not-wendiger Eingriffe werden die Prozesse des Einspeisemanagements verbessert und eine angemessene IT-Lösungen entwickelt. Dies betrifft die Planung und Dokumentation der Eingriffe, die Abschätzung der finan-ziellen Auswirkung sowie die Prüfung der in Rechnung gestellten Kompensationszahlungen.
Fichtner hat die externe Projektleitung und die IT-Projektleitung der Konzeption und Umsetzung der IT-Lösung übernommen. Damit unter-stützt Fichtner bei der Erarbeitung von durchgängigem Prozessablauf, Identifikation der erforderlichen Datenbasis und Konzeption und Um-setzung der IT-Lösung.
Um allen beteiligten Geschäftsbereichen Zugriff auf die gemeinsame Datenbasis zu gewähren, ist eine Plattformlösung mit abgestimmten Applikationen gewählt worden. Neben der administrativen Projektsteuer-ung betreut Fichtner den Aufbau dieser Applikationen nach agiler Methodik.
- CAPEX calculation for a new combined heat and power plant unit
CAPEX calculation for a new combined heat and power plant unitOur client, an energy generation company, generates electricity and dis-trict heating, in parts in CHP assets for a medium-sized city. The project aim is to select a preferred technical option and make a bankable esti-mate of CAPEX for a new power plant unit. Fichtner is supporting the planning process, which is open to consideration of a wide range of tech-nologies for the new plant concept. The economic performance of four power plant options with differing technologies are determined using the discounted cash flow method with various price scenarios and including sensitivity analyses. For project financing of the preferred option, Fichtner prepares a bankable investment and financing calculation using a fully self-contained planning tool.
The results support selection of the preferred option, the financing negoti-ations and the decision to go ahead with construction.
- Emschergenossenschaft / Lippeverband
Emschergenossenschaft / LippeverbandEmschergenossenschaft / Lippeverband (EGLV), one of the biggest sewerage providers in Germany, wishes to have an independent review undertaken of the investment and reinvestment volumes calculated by its own staff for the next 30 years.
The procedures for investments and those for reinvestments are fundamentally different. For investment expenditures, comparisons are made with overall project budgets and the current completion status. For reinvestment expenditures, the selected calculation approach is checked in terms of its methodological and content-related correctness, as are the assumptions as to what is customary in the industry.
As a result, the impacts of the discovered implausibilities on the future investment volumes are evaluated and compared to an estimate of the adjustment costs required for correction.
- Lake Constance Water Supply Association: Consultancy for setting up an asset management organizational unit
Lake Constance Water Supply Association: Consultancy for setting up an asset management organizational unitLake Constance Water Supply Association is divided into various organizational units including “Operations” and “Planning & Construction”. A unit for central asset management is now to be established within this structure.
Fichtner provides knowledge of setting up asset management organizations and assists with investigating the understanding of roles and tasks as well as the distribution of responsibilities between the “Operations” and “Planning & Construction” organizational units and the management level.
The first step is to illustrate the currently practiced understanding of roles in asset management as opposed to project control and management as well as operational maintenance, to identify weaknesses and to come up with possible future options for the organizational structure. Following an evaluation of the options, the resulting understanding of roles is discussed and the next steps for implementation are defined.
- ZESCO Ltd., Lusaka, Zambia: Reviewing the terms of reference and supervising the identification, verification and revaluation of ZESCO assets for accounting and insurance purposes
ZESCO Ltd., Lusaka, Zambia: Reviewing the terms of reference and supervising the identification, verification and revaluation of ZESCO assets for accounting and insurance purposesUnder international accountancy standard IAS 16, ZESCO is required to routinely check its asset stock and revaluate it to comply with international accountancy, insurance and risk management stipulations. Fichtner assists ZESCO in drawing up the terms of reference to enlist the services of an asset valuator, develop an asset management policy, manage the procurement process, provide project management, and supervise the valuator.
- Leipzig’s municipal water utility: Value management study on construction of the Naunhof waterworks
Leipzig’s municipal water utility: Value management study on construction of the Naunhof waterworksLeipzig’s municipal water utility plans to construct a waterworks at a new site after the preliminary planning at a previous site failed to produce optimum results.
In this context, Fichtner has been contracted to conduct a value management study. The first stage of the value management process includes the preparation and information phase. Subsequently, an interdisciplinary team of experts performs a functional analysis of the waterworks’ primary and secondary functions, with ideas being generated in the creative phase for implementing these. These ideas are evaluated by the team of experts, adapted to the new site and consolidated into solution approaches by means of a morphological matrix. In the second stage of the value management process, the original preliminary planning concept is adapted to the project status, systematically reviewed, and studied and assessed for further optimization and cost-reduction potential together with the team of experts.
Finally, one option is recommended for further planning.
- Eifel-Rur Water Board: Value management study on modernization and expansion of the Düren large-scale sewage treatment plant
Eifel-Rur Water Board: Value management study on modernization and expansion of the Düren large-scale sewage treatment plantEifel-Rur Water Board operates a large-scale sewage treatment plant in Düren, which needs to modernized and expanded in future.
Fichtner has been contracted to devise a modernization concept for the plant by conducting a value management study involving various experts. The modernization is to encompass not only repairs, but also functional / procedural optimizations.
Multiple workshops are held with wastewater engineering experts in order to come up with, evaluate and develop ideas. Fichtner then clusters these ideas into solution alternatives, quantifies and prices them. Following this, the resulting alternatives are assessed by the ex-perts in a cost-benefit analysis to allow the preferred alternative to emerge in a transparent process.
The value management study is accompanied by regular reporting to relevant stakeholders such as the steering committee of the water board’s council or the district government.
- EU, Set up of Inter-commual bodies for waste management in five regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH
EU, Set up of Inter-commual bodies for waste management in five regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiHAs backbone studies to feasibility assessments for five regions in BiH, we developed the full institutional and administrative management schemes for inter-municipal governance of solid waste disposal. As a first step the sector policy and legal framework was analyzed with a view toward approximation with EU requirements. We then advised on and developed the framework agreements between cooperating municipalities, designed the detailed inter-communal association organizational design needs, and incorporated all key operational and procedural modalities, workforce requirements, and job profiles. Opportunities and challenges for private sector involvement in waste sector was also factored into each regional assessment.
- World Bank, Launch and operationalization Plan of the National Geological Survey Organization for Mozambique
World Bank, Launch and operationalization Plan of the National Geological Survey Organization for MozambiqueIn partnership with the Executive Director and his management team, this study provided the institutional and organizational benchmarking and development plan of the new Institute of Mining and Geology under Ministry of Mineral Resources. Recommendations provided strategic input to the World Bank’s sector assistance program (MAGTAP) intended to help ensure that IGM and other key national entities in the mineral sector are capacitated to effectively carry out their roles to meet pressures from sector expansion.
- APPA, Overall Reform of the African Petroleum Producers Association
APPA, Overall Reform of the African Petroleum Producers AssociationThere is a high-level study commissioned by APPA (“Africa’s OPEC“). We focus on the redefinition of APPA’s mandate and objectives, the formulation of proposals for restructuring, the specification role charters of National Representations, the identification and evaluation of new Membership procedures the initial design of strategies for improved Association financing, the identification of methods for better leveraging the involvement of National Oil Companies, and the revamping of the overall legal foundation of APPA.
- TenneT: Project management in the construction supervision of offshore converter stations
TenneT: Project management in the construction supervision of offshore converter stationsTenneT Offshore GmbH as a TSO, must provide power connections for the wind farms at the German North Sea. The service FMC provided within a FICHTNER managed consortium was the coordination and controlling of the construction supervision of the offshore platforms DolWin1 (800 MW), HelWin2 (690 MW) and DolWin3 (900 MW) from the construction until the commissioning phase. Services of FMC included design and implementation of methods, tools and processes for the coordination and controlling of the construction supervision as well as the operational implementation of project management in the construction phase with site management, progress control, quality management and reporting.
- KfW, Indonesia: Preparation of solid waste management master plans for eleven Indonesian cities
KfW, Indonesia: Preparation of solid waste management master plans for eleven Indonesian citiesSolid waste management master plans were drawn up for 11 Indonesian cities by Fichtner to identify fast track waste management measures, taking into account their CDM potential. Subsequently for the selected fast track measures in seven cities, feasibility studies were conducted.
- Development of the market value of natural gas in Italy
Development of the market value of natural gas in ItalyFor a price review under a long term gas sales agreement for the German gas market, the services Fichtner provided were to analyze the development of the value of natural gas according to the market value principle. In the study about the development of the value of natural gas in the Italian gas market Fichtner described the applied methodology, the data sources used and the results. For this our experts examined the development of the legislative framework, the breakdown of the gas volumes into segments, as well as the development of energy prices for alternatives to natural gas and the market prices of gas for each segment.
- Development of gas prices in Germany
Development of gas prices in GermanyOn the basis of a study about the German gas market prepared by Fichtner, as a follow-up study Fichtner was asked to prepare an analysis of the development of gas prices. This analysis was based on actual end-user gas prices published by EUROSTAT. For this purpose, among others, the evolution of prices and market shares in the market segments residential, commercial, industry and power was investigated from 2004 to 2012. In addition the development of costs for transport, distribution and storage was analyzed for the same period.
- Innovation Center Niedersachsen: Energy storage concept Niedersachsen
Innovation Center Niedersachsen: Energy storage concept NiedersachsenThe project aim was to create a development concept for energy storage in Lower Saxony, where Fichtner had to analyze mechanical and chemical formed grid scaled energy storage technologies. The services Fichtner provided within the framework of the concept development were involving the description of surface operating principles and underground storage technologies, the analysis of the potential storage capacity and time for responding to energy needs, and the feasibility with regard to construction and operation. On the basis of the capacity potential analysis and feasibility check, energy storage systems appropriate for Lower Saxony were ranked and compared according to priority and the technical performance of the technologies.
- Simulation of costs and revenues at waste disposal plants
Simulation of costs and revenues at waste disposal plantsWhen making a strategic appraisal of its plant configurations, a waste management company was confronted with the task of forecasting the long-term development of its costs and revenues. To tackle this, FMC and the client company jointly devised a comprehensive costing and simulation model and applied it for strategy formulation and identifying optimization potentials. This model contains a range of plants for thermal and/or mechanical waste treatment. The input variables are the factors that determine variable and fixed costs, specifically replacement investments, manning requirements and consumption of operating supplies as well as revenues for energy and products. This tool can be applied further by our client for tariff simulation, long-term CAPEX forecasting and taking decisions on technology selection.
- Developing a District Heating Price Strategy
Developing a District Heating Price StrategyThe Client, a multi-utility company supplies customers in the municipal territory with district heating from a combined heat and power plant. The project aim was to secure contribution margins from the district heating segment that are acceptable and as stable as possible while at the same time maintaining the competitiveness of district heating supply while review and rework the present tariff system. The services FMC provided were the analysis of the district heating marketing and purchasing costs, and their conversion into a tariff system made up of standing charges and supplied unit rates to reflect the cost structure of the variable and fixed components. As a result, apart from the tariff system, FMC created a price escalation formula to track cost development to compliment the tariff system that provided planning security for customers and the municipal utility over the medium term.
- E.ON Mitte: Restructuring and profit improvement
E.ON Mitte: Restructuring and profit improvementTalking under consideration the reduction of network charges, FMC support a large regional utility in the comprehensive restructuring of the entire company to achieve sustainable improvement in earnings. As a result, there was a new process-oriented corporate structure including a personnel concept and identified and prioritized cost reduction potentials for all core and support processes. In addition, a stringent monitoring implementation was developed and implemented that supports the utility in achieving the objectives defined.
- IFC: Development of a strategy for the geothermal sector in Ethiopia
IFC: Development of a strategy for the geothermal sector in EthiopiaAs part of the Ethiopian Scaling up Renewable Energy Program (SREP), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) drew up a long-term strategy for the geothermal sector, from which recommendations for developing geothermal energy in Ethiopia would be derived. The services FMC provided were to develop the long-term strategy for the geothermal sector under consideration of the necessary development potential of the geothermal business environment on government level and various institutions, so as to initiate and ensure symbiosis of geothermal developers over the long term.
- Stadtwerke Gmuend: Strategy for the expansion of renewable energies
Stadtwerke Gmuend: Strategy for the expansion of renewable energiesFMC has formulated a strategy development for expansion of renewable generation for a German municipal utility and determined the potential available investment. In addition, the 2020 achievable goal percentage was derived and investment options presented. Furthermore, the participation of a civil energy cooperative was incorporated in the renewable energy strategy. In the second phase of the project, FMC accompanied the local municipal utility in developing a PV park in his distribution area.
- SW Schorndorf: Introducing of a performance indicator oriented management
SW Schorndorf: Introducing of a performance indicator oriented managementA Public Utility aimed to improve its transparency and efficiency with the help of an KPI-based management model. The services FMC provided were to verify the strategic goals, define appropriate control objects, analyse and define value flows, determine value drivers, define Performance Indicators and design an accompanying reporting system
- RWW: Review of the strategy map
RWW: Review of the strategy mapSo as to be able to continue to concentrate resources on key topics, together with Fichtner, the RWW's strategy roadmap is reviewed and further developed, particularly for the engineering sector. For this purpose, the planned strategic initiatives are formulated and, in doing so, the complexity of the strategic initiatives is reduced, with the proposals referred to a uniform standard, then ranked in order of priority, an estimate is made of the required resource input, and a timetable is drawn up. The result is, a logically consistent and transparent representation of the strategic initiatives of the engineering sector covering the years until 2024.
- Axpo Group: Preparation of an "Asset Service" business development plan
Axpo Group: Preparation of an "Asset Service" business development planThe project aim was to develop an “asset service” business development plan focusing on strategic and organizational consulting. The services FMC provided were the development of a strategic concept by defining and reviewing products and services to highlight strengths and weaknesses including the idea of alternative organizational. As a result, FMC drafted a cooperation concept and then a business plan was created. In addition, alternative courses of action were presented and recommendations on the business plan were provided.
- ESCOM Malawi: Rational corporate structure development of the national electricity supplier of Malawi
ESCOM Malawi: Rational corporate structure development of the national electricity supplier of MalawiThe project aim was to develop and implement a rational corporate structure for ESCOM, a vertically integrated electricity utility in Malawi which would ensure delivery of results under current circumstances of a changing policy framework and fluid market and regulatory structures. The services FMC provided were to improve the utility’s operational efficiencies, increase financial controls, improve the ICT environment, professionalize the workforce, facilitate realization of donor-funded projects, and ensure accountability and transparency to the utility’s internal and external operations. As a result, FMC conducted corporate governance and benchmarking assessments that provided as strategic inputs supporting an MCC funded five-year power sector revitalization program for relevant African country.
- Gascade: Efficiency enhancement
Gascade: Efficiency enhancementA large northern European utility planned market expansion and project investments in Eastern Europe, to increase its market dominance. As FMC is already active in Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Bosnia, Serbia, supported the customer by conducting a market analysis, along with market entry strategies. Furthermore, FMC did project identification and developed an evaluation process to identify the potential “Best Case” projects for the power company in the conventional and renewable sectors.
- Berliner Wasserbetriebe: Analysis of the organizational and process organization, investigation of potentials for efficiency enhancement and cost reduction
Berliner Wasserbetriebe: Analysis of the organizational and process organization, investigation of potentials for efficiency enhancement and cost reductionThe project aim was to analyze the staff-line and organizational procedures, as well as investigate ways to upgrade efficiency and cut costs for a German water and waste water company . The services FMC provided were involving the designing of an organizational structure from the ground up while taking the respective cost structures into account. Furthermore, a benchmark-based approach was also applied to estimate the cost-reducing potential for the entire company. As a result, a new organizational structure was developed and cost-reducing potentials were identified for all core and ancillary processes, along with an evaluation of the benchmark findings together with the managers concerned in a series of workshops. On that basis, exploitable potentials and ways to implement these were also identified. FMC provided also assistance in presenting and communicating the project results in the political committees.
- swb Networks: Ssustainable revenue security
swb Networks: Ssustainable revenue securityThe project aim was the initiation of a comprehensive program, with a 5-year horizon, for the sustainable yield stability of a network company due to the reduction of the network charges by the local regulation authority. The services FMC provided were a common analysis of the financial situation and definition of the upcoming budget in collaboration with the shareholder, a comprehensive analysis of the current situation that included process mapping and a process resources matrix and finally the definition of the new organization including the transformation planning. As a result, FMC assisted in the reorganization of the 3rd management level, and developed a comprehensive plan of optimization measures that would ensure long-tem profitability.
- OOWV: Development of a process model as well as a new organizational structure
OOWV: Development of a process model as well as a new organizational structureFMC derived on basis of the strategic objectives the strategic business units and based on those a process model has been defined for the water and waste water company. Based on the process model the operational structure with approximately 700 employees was fundamentally reviewed together with the management and a new organizational structure was developed with the aid of a "Greenfield" approach. The essential processes, in particular relating to the roles between "Asset Management" and "Asset Service" have been optimized and job descriptions adapted. Furthermore, FMC developed as part of a permanent establishment concept a regional structure for all locations. Based on the process model, the new organizational structure, optimized processes and the permanent establishment concept led FMC to a benchmark based personnel assessment and the identification of areas for action. With the help of scenario analysis potential future developments were also taken into account.
- Energy Sector Gambia: Preparation of an energy sector study
Energy Sector Gambia: Preparation of an energy sector studyThe project aim was the conception of an energy strategy to improve the structural and strategic environment and to promote more efficient development of the national energy sector. The services FMC provided were effective corporate governance and auditing processes supported by reliable information on costs is a crucial factor for the decision-making process when fixing tariffs and evaluating capital and operating expenditures for energy supply operations. As a result, FMC created a study that was focused on the development of a national sectorial strategy on the basis of current sectorial studies and strategies, while following a thorough review of the NAWEC finances.
- Harzwasserwerke: Optimization of the existing Asset Management-approach
Harzwasserwerke: Optimization of the existing Asset Management-approachThe aim of the project was to improve the fundamentals and scheme of the existing asset management approach for a German water utility and thus internally and externally to increase transparency, sustainability and the benefits of investment and restructuring decisions. The methods used by FMC included the application of the principles of asset management organization, the basics of organizational development, process optimization and a professional approach to operating Asset Management. As a result, a newly developed organizational structure for the whole company arose. Also, the roles between Asset Management and Services were sharpened and the vertices of the functional specification are now available.
- ZWUS: Corporate analysis and development of options for action
ZWUS: Corporate analysis and development of options for actionFor water supply in Bodenseekreis the 6 water utilities ZWUS, ZV Haslach, ZV Gehrenberg, Municipality Waterworks Meckenbeuren, Tettnang Waterworks and waterworks Langenargen formed a drinking water network. The aim of the consortium was to ensure the security of supply in the first place. The 6 suppliers operated individually and with their own staff. FMC initially analyzed in detailed the inventory of the 6 water utilities and then investigated the possibilities of further cooperation and economic optimization. One of the goal-oriented options consisted of a fusion of syndicates ZWUS and ZV Haslach and the affiliation of the Municipality Waterworks to the merged association. In several follow-up projects for the city of Tettnang and the municipality Meckenbeuren this option was further detailed, by a comparative assessment of the fixed assets of ZWUS and Meckenbeuren.
- Communities in the area of Lake Constance: Future water supply strategy
Communities in the area of Lake Constance: Future water supply strategyThe 6 towns and municipalities in Bodenseekreis (Markdorf City, Municipality of Salem, Municipality of Bermatingen, Municipality of Deggenhausertal, Municipality of Frickingen, and Community of Heiligenberg) operate their drinking water each independently. Task of the report was to review the security of supply, organizational security and the economy and identify concrete recommendations for future water supply. As a result, a roadmap for a merger of 6 water utility was prepared to a special purpose association, an investment program for a composite system was proposed and a rough calculation for future price of water was conducted.
- The World Bank, Mozambique: Mining and gas technical assistance project
The World Bank, Mozambique: Mining and gas technical assistance projectAt the request of the Government, World Bank set up a Mining and Gas Technical Assistance Project (MAGTAP) to upgrade the mining and gas sector. The project aim was to undertake an institutional analysis study for the Ministry of Mineral Resources. The services FMC provided were the institutional review of functions of the Ministry, INP (regulatory) and ENH (national hydrocarbon company), and an inventory of facilities and equipment required to implement the institutional reform. In addition, to Maputo based MIREM and INP units and ENH, the audit comprised the visit and evaluation of at least the Provincial Directorates of Nampula, Tete, Manica and Niassa (for mining) and current/ proposed provincial department of INP in Pemba.
- City of Heilbronn: Implementation of the new municipal budgetary regulations
City of Heilbronn: Implementation of the new municipal budgetary regulationsThe project aim was to implement the new municipal budgetary regulations of a German city. The services FMC provided were the recording and evaluation of the assets along with the examination of the requirements for creating the opening balance sheet. In terms of budgets and organization, the partial budgets were established, the internal clearing procedure was prepared, and the cost and performance accounting system was optimized.
- Remunicipalization strategy and investment consulting
Remunicipalization strategy and investment consultingIn the context of the endeavours of a German city to remunicipalize energy supply, FMC assisted the authorities in strategic positioning and in preparation for negotiations with potential private energy sector partners. The aim was, firstly, reorganization in stages of the agencies responsible for energy supply and their business models to obtain maximum influence and control as well as in the interests of sustainable and profitable financing. Secondly, as part of this restructuring reconfiguring the inner city and regional energy infrastructure was also promoted, so that the state’s own climate protection objectives were fulfilled. FMC’s consultancy services comprise assessment of the concepts presented by the negotiating parties. In doing so, business and cooperation models were evaluated together with the technical reconfiguration of the energy infrastructure. Also questions & answers lists were drawn up for each negotiation step. The client at the end of the project received an overall appraisal with recommendations.
- CPP Investment Board: Due Diligence for the acquisition of the Open Grid Europe gas network
CPP Investment Board: Due Diligence for the acquisition of the Open Grid Europe gas networkA consortium of companies was formed to assess the opportunity to acquire Open Grid Europe by means of the competitive process. The services FMC provided were support to the Consortium as technical adviser and to conduct due diligence services on technical and environmental aspects of the assets including asset quality, OPEX and CAPEX. As a result, FMC performed an upfront desktop study which aimed to gather publicly available information and data of the assets in order to identify potential critical issues and potential risks at limited amount of time.
- EBRD, IFC: Due diligence for the sale of a Turkish gas distribution company
EBRD, IFC: Due diligence for the sale of a Turkish gas distribution companyThe project aim was the privatization of one of the biggest gas distributors in Turkey . The services FMC provided were to acts as technical and environmental consultant for EBRD and IFC. In the framework of the due diligence review that took as its basis the business plan, FMC checked in particular assumptions on the development of gas demand, operating costs and capital investment, and prepared its own projections of these. During a field assignment, selected plants and customers were visited, including the undertaking of a comprehensive review of health, safety and environmental protection standards.
- Due Diligence of a natural gas transportation pipeline on sale
Due Diligence of a natural gas transportation pipeline on saleIn preparation for divestiture of a corporate division to comply with EU legislation on separation of main gas lines and distribution networks, FMC undertook a due diligence review of natural gas transportation pipelines running south from the Dutch/German border and then through Switzerland. As a result, the assets’ strengths and weaknesses as well as the risks of acquisition were analyzed under technical and commercial aspects.
- LNG Bahia Foundation: Feasibility study for a LNG terminal
LNG Bahia Foundation: Feasibility study for a LNG terminalTo keep pace with Pakistan’s rising natural gas demand, a local Foundation wished to participate in this emerging market by constructing an offshore LNG import terminal in Sonmiani Bay, near Karachi. Taking a previous prefeasibility study as the basis, FMC conducted a complete feasibility study for this terminal.
- Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Mauritania: Masterplan for the transport sector
Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Mauritania: Masterplan for the transport sectorTransporting refined oil products in Mauritania by tanker trucks, cargo ships, port logistics, rail and pipeline, exhibits serious deficiencies in terms of regulation, costs, quality, safety, efficiency, competition, and private investment. The service FMC provided was a survey regarding the situation of this sector. As a project outcome, a master plan was worked out for the upgrading of the sector by 2022.
- Asian Development Bank: Preparation of a medium and long-term Gas Development Master Plan
Asian Development Bank: Preparation of a medium and long-term Gas Development Master PlanThe project aim was the preparation of a medium and long-term Gas Development Master Plan (2015-2035) for Afghanistan that will contribute to the sustainable development of the country’s natural gas resources, national energy supply security, and protection of the environment.
- ExxonMobil: Project management during the introduction of a maintenance management system
ExxonMobil: Project management during the introduction of a maintenance management systemExxonmobil Production Germany (EMPG) was supported by FMC in introducing a predetermined by the EM Centre from US management system for the maintenance of equipment for extraction, production, transportation and storage of natural gas in Germany (EM Facility Integrity Management System - FIMS). The project manager of FMC adapted the FIMS specifications for EMPG reacted together with professional working groups on the customer side. The project management services by FMC included project organization, process definition, team management, implementation planning, implementation of the management system, reporting and monitoring of implementation success.
- IFC, Serbia: Structuring and tendering a public private partnership transaction for a waste management treatment and disposal center
IFC, Serbia: Structuring and tendering a public private partnership transaction for a waste management treatment and disposal centerThe City of Belgrade approached IFC for assistance in structuring and tendering a public private partnership transaction for designing, financing, constructing, operating and maintaining a waste management treatment and disposal center at Vinca along with other facilities in line with its waste management plan. FMC acted as a technical, environmental and social consultant to assist IFC and the City Council up to commercial closing. As part of the assignment, FMC conducted an environmental and social scoping study as well as a review + gap analysis of the land acquisition and resettlement process already undertaken for the project. The project’s MSW handling capacity was 600,000 t/a.
- Guyana: Technical support /search of potential investors for a new landfill
Guyana: Technical support /search of potential investors for a new landfillThe project aim was to provide technical support for the search of potential investors and operators for a new Landfill site that would be the final dispose of wastes from Georgetown, Guayana and 15 neighboring communities. The services FMC provided were involving a due diligence investigation, market analysis, setting up a financial model, checking of legal framework conditions, investigation and specification of transaction structure, risk analysis, preparing marketing material, international road show, drawing up tender documents and evaluation criteria, prequalification of bidders, drawing up contract documents, setting up a data room, and finally assistance in investor due diligence checks.
- The World Bank: Waste management and privatization concept for the expansion of the city’s waste landfill
The World Bank: Waste management and privatization concept for the expansion of the city’s waste landfillThe project aim was to prepare a waste management and privatization concept for the expansion of the city’s waste landfill. The services FMC provided were investigations regarding the collection, recycling, disposal, tariffs, legal rulings and organizational procedures, including the conducting of an economic analysis. Alongside waste management optimization, a critical project task was preliminary planning for extending the landfill and estimating the CDM potential of its existing and future sections. As a result, FMC incorporated the findings into tender specifications for privatizing waste collection, recycling and landfill operation.
- Egypt Airport: Environmental training for the staff of international airports in Egypt
Egypt Airport: Environmental training for the staff of international airports in EgyptThe project aim was the extensive environmental training of the staff of two international airports in Egypt. The services FMC provided was training that covered the following fields: Environmental Regulations, Solid/Hazardous Waste Management, Noise Measurement, Air Quality, Monitoring, QA/QC, etc.
- eew Energy from Waste: Transaction advisor for the technical and environmental due diligence for thermal waste incineration plants
eew Energy from Waste: Transaction advisor for the technical and environmental due diligence for thermal waste incineration plantsFor an international consortium consisting of one of the largest German energy producer and a Chinese state-owned holding company, FMC is a consultant for the technical and environmental due diligence on the acquisition of shares of the Energy from Waste (EEW) stake. The target portfolio includes 18 waste incineration plants in Germany, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The consultancy services for the transaction involved the evaluation of power plant systems, the analysis of environmental issues, risk assessments and their quantification as well as the formulation of an OPEX / CAPEX model as a contribution for the financial model of the investor. FMC used as in other M & A projects in this buyer counselling the usual M & A instruments such as data space, Q & A sessions, expert sessions or advisor calls with the other disciplines. A Red Flag Report and a Bankable due diligence was submitted. For basics of due diligence was the evaluation of Technical and Environmental Vendor Due Diligence Reports, Financial and Legal Vendor Due Diligence reports and the analysis of the vendor model. The established by FMC OPEX / CAPEX model was integrated into the financial evaluation model of investment banking to our customers.
- EBRD, Tajikistan: Waste management improvement
EBRD, Tajikistan: Waste management improvementThe project aim was to improve waste management services by making investments in the waste management system and assisting in its reorganization. The services FMC provided were support to the company in improving its commercial standing, services, environmental and social performance by assisting implementation of the necessary corporate, financial and operational improvements. In addition, FMC also helped the company in drawing up a medium-term corporate development plan and assisted the city council in implementing a public service contract.
- EBRD, Moldova: Analysis of the market potential for investments in the waste sector
EBRD, Moldova: Analysis of the market potential for investments in the waste sectorThe project aim was to provide EBRD with information on the market potential for investments in waste minimization in Moldova and to draw up a list of candidate investment projects that tackle the most urgent needs in the waste sector while co-opting private sector participants.
- EBRD, Kyrgyzstan: Foundation of a new company
EBRD, Kyrgyzstan: Foundation of a new companyA Municipal Council of Kyrgyzstan approached the EBRD with an inquiry concerning financing of rehabilitation of its water supply system and some upgrades in the sanitation system. The services FMC provided were assistance to the Bank to set up, together with the supply utility, a new company and to ensure that the institutional structure and financial situation were acceptable as a counterpart to the Bank.
- State Capital Stuttgart: Foundation and configuration of an independent water utility
State Capital Stuttgart: Foundation and configuration of an independent water utilityThe services FMC provided were assistance in the process of founding and configuring an independent water utility by analyzing the economic and technical situation along with the development of approaches for unbundling and evaluating the supply network. In addition, FMC identified synergy potentials by combining the tasks of wastewater disposal and water supply. As a result, the outcome was the development of a new organizational model.
- Hamburg Wasser: Value Engineering Approach
Hamburg Wasser: Value Engineering ApproachA water and wasterwater company applied the Value Engineering approach to their major project "Hafenstraße" with a total budget of € 100 million. Together with a project team of the water and wastewater company alternative solutions have been developed and evaluated for the overall design. A further Value Engineering approach was applied to a subproject and therewith concrete measures to reduce the investment cost by more than 10% have been identified.
- Emschergenossenschaft: Reflection Asset Management and Asset Services
Emschergenossenschaft: Reflection Asset Management and Asset ServicesThe endeavor of a german water management association was to critically reflect the implemented and actively promoted values regarding asset management and asset service. For this purpose FMC derived four alternatives for the organizational placement of asset management and the pros and cons were evaluated in this process. Subsequently, the tasks and interfaces between asset management and asset service were defined. Furthermore, essential processes such as that of budgeting were defined, personnel allocation in the area of asset management was estimated and an implementation-roadmap was compiled.
- Strategic guidelines for future development of a German water supplier
Strategic guidelines for future development of a German water supplierA German water supply utility was deliberating on the future orientation of its department "Quality Assurance and Research Laboratory", specifically regarding the future infrastructure. The services FMC provided were involving the assistance in the conceptual and systematic derivation of the procedures and definitions of the strategic guidelines, for example, the department's strategic objectives and core competencies. Apart from the structural assessment that, in part, was already available, economic and strategic evaluation criteria were defined and a recommendation strategy with indicative conclusions and recommendations was formulated for the administrative board.
- Water Commission Lesotho: Optimization of the management of water resources
Water Commission Lesotho: Optimization of the management of water resourcesIn the past decade, Lesotho’s water supply and sanitation sector has been subject to changes aimed at upgrading management of water resources and provision of water supply and sanitation services. The project aim was to assist the Commissioner of Water (CoW) office to create a framework for developing positions and responsibilities by the Asset Management Agency (AMA), the water supply and sanitation company WASCo and the Lesotho government, with the focus on administration, working practices, reporting and accountancy of the assets of the Metolong Dam and Water Supply Program, MDWSP.
- Eurawasser: Optimization of the asset management organizational structures and procedures
Eurawasser: Optimization of the asset management organizational structures and proceduresThe aim of the project was to optimize the asset management organizational structures and procedures for the planning, preparation, execution and settlement of investment, reconstruction and maintenance measures for a German water utility.
The methodology that FMC followed included the application of the principles of asset management organization, the basics of organizational development, process optimization and a professional approach to operating asset management and control model / key figures. As a result, the roles between Asset Management and Services were sharpened and a new organizational structure and procedures for asset management were developed.
- Saudi Arabia NWC :Company foundation
Saudi Arabia NWC :Company foundationAs part of the reform process of the water sector in Saudi Arabia, the local Ministry was in the process of establishing a national water company and initiated a transaction process for the selection of a private operator for a Management Contract for water supply and sanitation services. The services FMC provided were to act as a Lead Advisor to the Ministry and have the overall responsibility for the coordination of the process as well as the activities of the other advisors. This included the overall program management and in collaboration with the other advisors, the formation of the national water company (NWC) as well as the structuring and execution of the PPP contract.
- EBRD: Armenia: Support for the state water supply in Armenia
EBRD: Armenia: Support for the state water supply in ArmeniaThe project aim was to assist the Armenian The State Committee for Water Systems in the sustainable development of water infrastructure in the urban and rural water supply and sanitation sector as well as to improve sector’s efficiency and effectiveness. The services FMC provided were elaboration and support of the implementation of the appropriate PPP modalities for the structuring, financing and execution of the PPP arrangement, preparation of the tender documents of the PPP arrangements to be ready to submit to the bidders and support of the state water agency during the tender and in negotiations with and selection of the preferred bidder.
- Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) of Jordan: Transaction advisor for renewable energy projects
Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) of Jordan: Transaction advisor for renewable energy projectsThe Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) of a Jordan launched a program to attract private developers to invest in renewable energy projects through a direct proposal submission scheme. The services FMC provided were the support to the MEMR during the implementation of such scheme that included the following: selection of pre-qualified developers, preparation of instructions for proposal development, drafting of project agreements, managing the proposal development phase, evaluating proposal documents, and assisting MEMR and national electricity power company during negotiations, signing and financial closing.
- Expansion of business activities in the field of biogas in Romania
Expansion of business activities in the field of biogas in RomaniaThe customer, an Austrian commercial bank, has a strategic interest to further expand its business activities especially in the field of biogas in Romania. The project aim was to assess the technical potential of biogas in Romania and any strategic partnerships along the value chain to establish and expand. The services FMC provided include the assessment of the technical potential for biogas based on industry data, developing an action plan designed to identify suitable partners / shortlist of partners, preparation of project documents for the acquisition of potential partners / road shows.
- Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC): Implementation of a wind power project
Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC): Implementation of a wind power projectFMC has been commissioned by Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) as Transaction Advisor for a 250 MW wind power project on a BOO basis. In a first phase FMC defined the technical, commercial and legal framework and conditions for the tender process and prepared the code for the connection of wind power plants to the EETC grid. Furthermore, FMC prepared the entire tender documentation including technical, commercial and financial specifications as well as all relevant project agreements such as power purchase agreement, connection agreement, usufruct agreement etc. and assisted EETC in the management of the tender process.
The second phase of the project consisted in the evaluation of the proposals, assistance to EETC in contract negotiations, finalization of the project agreements and support up to financial closing.
- The World Bank: Energy saving in the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan
The World Bank: Energy saving in the Kyrgyz Republic and TajikistanThe energy sector of the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan depends greatly on domestic hydropower resources that account a high percentage on both of the countries’ electricity mixes. The project aim was to address the electricity shortfalls during the winter months in both countries. The services FMC provided were the identification of boiler heating options and related energy efficiency measures in urban residential and public buildings.
- EBL: Investment strategy for renewable energy plants
EBL: Investment strategy for renewable energy plantsFMC elaborated various investment options, particularly in the areas of wind and solar (solar thermal, photovoltaic) and hydropower in European countries for a Swiss power company. For this purpose, various investment options were assessed against a technology / market matrix taking into account the specific investment requirements and cost and remuneration structures, the weighting of risks and rewards, and the performance of various economic analysis (Change Cash Flow, Depreciation, capital, ...). As a result, the financial closure of direct investment was developed.
- EBRD: Advice for small investment projects in Moldova
EBRD: Advice for small investment projects in MoldovaFMC acted as project consultant for the development and management of the Moldovan Sustainable Energy financing Facility (MoSEFF) with the aim of familiarizing local financial institutions, i.e. banks, with appraising and financing energy efficiency and small renewable energy investment projects, while local engineers were developing the technical expertise to identify, assess and prepare technically feasible and bankable projects. As an anticipated outcome, this facility is expected to develop, strengthen and establish a self-financing market for investments in sustainable energy projects in Armenia. With an available loan volume of around 40 mn EUR, the facility will furthermore significantly reduce primary energy consumption in the country and create financial savings in the implementing companies.
- Concept for the achievement of a 100% renewable energy region
Concept for the achievement of a 100% renewable energy regionThe project aim was to build a portfolio of renewable energy sources (RES) systems, including assessing the potential for renewable energy generation to the electricity consumption in the distribution network. To determine the theoretical potential, statistical data (climate, weather, land use) on the region as well as input from expert interviews was incorporated. For suitable locations achievable energy yields were estimated based on each RES technology. Based on the specific investment costs and the expected potential revenues were also assessed. At the end of the project FMC presented the study results to the client, and policy makers.
- rhenag: Wind power portfolio development
rhenag: Wind power portfolio developmentA regional utility in Western Germany wanted to invest in the renewable energy and expand its existing portfolio. The services FMC provided involved the assessment of opportunities and risks in terms of the investor’s preferred technologies. Furthermore, a market developments assessment was also conducted with regard to the chance of being implemented, the possibility of participation and the technical and economic profitability. The study consisted of three phases: a clarification of the investment strategy and technology / country selection; a rough evaluation of participation projects; a review of selected projects. As a result, the focus of equity options was on on-shore wind power projects in Germany.
- Stadtwerke Mainz AG: Pumped-storage plant feasibility
Stadtwerke Mainz AG: Pumped-storage plant feasibilityThe customer has identified a site for the construction of a pumped storage power station and FMC commissioned a feasibility study in which examined the hydrological, topographical and technical approval conditions, elaborated the technical implementation options and analyzed indicative their cost. Following the determination of the fundamental feasibility and after its approval, FMC designed and inserted in the area, a power plant including all the necessary aspects such as the waterways, power connections etc. For three different equipment sets construction costs were estimated for each one and the preferred option was identified.
- Solar systems promotion arbitration
Solar systems promotion arbitrationOur client, as owner of a solar power plant, filed suit against the Spanish Government alleging that changes in government subsidy rules led to unfair disadvantages for his enterprise. FMC provides support by preparing an expert technical and economic opinion paper. This includes investigations into the construction costs of solar power plants and of a legally defined reference power plant. Further, a comparison is made of the Spanish market model for remunerating solar plants with those of other countries. Research into details of the legislative procedure was conducted locally by expert staff from our Spanish subsidiary. The conclusions of the expert opinion are drawn on by our client in the arbitration proceedings.
- Photovoltaic plant arbitration
Photovoltaic plant arbitrationThe project aim was to prepare an independent expert opinion for arbitration proceedings between manufacturers of monocrystalline wafers and solar modules, resulting from the purchaser’s claim for the amount of silicon used and price adjustments under a long-term supply contract. The services FMC provided were the assessment of the contractual stipulations from a technical-commercial perspective, the performing of a comparison with stipulations usual in the market and finally FMC commented on the loss and profit argumentation, including price development of wafers.
- Heizkraftwerk Pforzheim GmbH: Strategic Development
Heizkraftwerk Pforzheim GmbH: Strategic DevelopmentThe project aim was to prepare a concept for a future economically sustainable operation of an energy supplier. The company operates a power plant consisting of a coal-fired fluidized bed block, a biomass power plant unit and a gas turbine. The services FMC provided were including the analysis of the market and investment parameters along with their impact on the profitability of the company. In the subsequent detailed analysis solutions were outlined in technical, organizational and contractual terms and their economic impact was estimated. As a result, solutions were provided such as measures to reduce costs and increase revenue, in addition to structural measures in the organizational and corporate area.
- Ukraine Lviv: Development of a financial and operational performance improvement
Ukraine Lviv: Development of a financial and operational performance improvementThe project aim was to improve the commercial standing of the Lviv municipal utility, provide the conditions for project implementation and ensure that services for retail customers were equitably rendered and of high quality. The services FMC provided were the draw up of a short-term financial and operational performance improvement program to bring about upgrades in key areas of financial and operational management and, in collaboration with the company and the city council, conceptualizes a public service commission (PSC). As a result, FMC verified that the existing tariff structure complied with the tariff clauses in the loan agreement and in the municipal support and guaranteed contract as well as with local tariff law, including the statutory provisions of the national tariff regulator.
- Kosovo: Development of a new tariff methodology for district heating
Kosovo: Development of a new tariff methodology for district heatingThe project aim was broken down into two parts. Part 1 comprised a critical review of the current regulatory framework for district heating with the development of a new methodology for fixing tariffs that takes into consideration combined heat and power generation and at the same time guarantees that costs will be covered with appropriate district heat tariffs. While, Part 2 was to adapt and optimize the present in feed tariffs to create an effective and economically efficient policy based on international good practice. The services FMC provided were involving reworking and updating ERO`s feed-in tariffs for the selected renewable energies of biomass and biogas. As a result, a study on grid integration was prepared with the intention to contribute in creating the conditions for raising the capacity of renewable energies in the Kosovian energy network.
- District heating feasibility study and economical evaluation
District heating feasibility study and economical evaluationA municipality in close proximity of an industrial park is considering the construction of a district heating network and use of decoupled heat investments from the industrial parks. FMC developed a feasibility study including an efficient initial assessment. The services FMC provided were the estimation of the total heat demand of the community and the required power input, talking under consideration the current heat supply. Furthermore, FMC outlined the design and Line layout of the distribution network and determined the cost of district heating and the resulting prices based on consumer type. The estimated cost of district heating were subsequently compared with the cost of other heating supply options and derived from a recommendation for investment decisions.
- Stadtwerke Barth: District Heating Pricing
Stadtwerke Barth: District Heating PricingA municipal utility generates district heating in a gas-fired packaged CHP plant. The present district heating price structure reflects gas purchasing risks only inadequately while high district heating prices make it difficult to acquire new customers. Fichtner develops a price formula that reflects the cost structure and risks by analyzing cost and revenue structures for plant operation with wholesale gas purchases as well as heat and power sales; modeling heat and power generation; creating a costing model; derivation of a price formula; and testing its range of validity. The outcome is a proposal for a district heating pricing formula incorporating price escalation with transfer of this pricing model to the municipal utility.
- ESWE Supply: District heating storage cconomic evaluation
ESWE Supply: District heating storage cconomic evaluationWith the commissioning of a new biomass heating plant, the proportion of generated in cogeneration district heating increased significantly. FMC tested the efficiency of district heating storage, to better exploit the potential of the biomass plant and to reduce the generation of the boilers. For further assessment, FMC developed a quarter of an hour sharp model taking into account current price opportunities and use of the control energy market. The results were provided to customers for a better assessment of the investment project.
- Enercity: Process analysis in the commercial cepartment of a contracting party
Enercity: Process analysis in the commercial cepartment of a contracting partyThe project aim was to assess the current personnel capacity and the way in which tasks were allocated to the commercial staff. The services FMC provided were involving the determination of the improvement potentials by analyzing process documentation and holding structured interviews with employees and managers of the department. As a result, the implementation of the improvement recommendations managed greatly to even out the work load over time and across the staff.
- BP: Study on the Future of Heat Supply at an Industrial Site
BP: Study on the Future of Heat Supply at an Industrial SiteBecause the power and heat supply contract with the neighbouring Scholven Power Plant was due to expire, a secure supply strategy “Post 2018” was investigated for an industrial company. In a scenario analysis, market and price developments were examined, a technically feasible basic option for securing supply was defined, and options are weighed up under the aspects of economic performance and risk to identify the preferred one. As a result, the outcome served as a basis for senior management to make a decision and also for price negotiations to extend the supply contract.
- City of Cottbus: Concept for the future heat supply
City of Cottbus: Concept for the future heat supplyThe project aim was to provide assistance in a power procurement of a medium-sized German city for supplying municipal properties and installations to an amount of 8.4 GWh under an EU-wide competitive tendering procedure. The services FMC provided were the design of a concept for structured procurement, the drawing up of the contract award documents including a model contract with a clause for a stock market-indexed price and finally the evaluation of bids with a recommendation for contract award. In addition, FMC was also responsible for the checking of the procurement procedures undertaken by the successful bidder and the resulting setting of prices.
- Heizkraftwerk GmbH Mainz: Development of a secure and cost-effective heat supply concept
Heizkraftwerk GmbH Mainz: Development of a secure and cost-effective heat supply conceptFaced with the possibility of retirements of existing generation capacities, on behalf of the municipal utility, FMC developed a secure heat supply concept at favourable cost for the city of Mainz. The services FMC provided was to analyze the impact of retirements of heat generators and then propose technical solutions for maintaining the heat supply. In a second step, these technical solutions, comprising high-capacity CHP plants, biomass-fired CHP plants and geothermal plants, were evaluated regarding their economic performance and the marketing of electricity and balancing of power. Furthermore, FMC investigated the profitability of a district heating storage facility in combination with the preferred options from the second step. As a result, these simulations served the client as a decision-making basis for potential investments.
- 50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT, TransnetBW: Project management demand analyses
50Hertz, Amprion, TenneT, TransnetBW: Project management demand analysesThe coordination and control of the statutory system analysis to evaluate the need to secure available reserve / production capacity, with regard to new requirements and responsibilities, requires a high level of knowledge and affort. For this reason, the four German Transmission System Operators (TSOs) have express support for the better practice of their “Steering Committee Bedarfsanalysen” (PS BA) and appointed FMC as external project leader. The services FMC conducted consist of both a strategic project management (pulse generator, identification and tracking of barriers / objectives, moderation, etc.) as well as an operational project management (tracking of tasks, schedules, etc.). As a result, FMC contributed with personal commitment and professional methods and tools to the customer in order to achieve the project objectives. Statutory deadlines were met in the BA 2014 and BA 2015 and the reserve power plant determining was successfully released.
- Support for the market expansion and project participation in Eastern Europe
Support for the market expansion and project participation in Eastern EuropeA large northern European utility planned market expansion and project investments in Eastern Europe, to increase its market dominance. As FMC is already active in Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Bosnia, Serbia, supported the customer by conducting a market analysis, along with market entry strategies. Furthermore, FMC did project identification and developed an evaluation process to identify the potential “Best Case” projects for the power company in the conventional and renewable sectors.
- Transaction Advice for the acquisition of a Hungarian gas-fired power plant, pre due diligence
Transaction Advice for the acquisition of a Hungarian gas-fired power plant, pre due diligenceThe client was planning to acquire shares of the Hungarian project company EMFESZ Power Plant Kft., for the construction of a gas power plant in Nyírtass in Hungary. The project had two phases. In the first phase an 820 MW gas power plant was planned and in the second phase the further expansion of the power plant. FMC developed for the client, a market analysis, market entry strategy, a risk assessment, the pre due diligence of the project and advised on the transaction.
- Market and competition analysis and assssement of the sales success for a Swiss canton utility
Market and competition analysis and assssement of the sales success for a Swiss canton utilityThe project aim was to reinforce the sales positioning of a Swiss canton utility in Germany, by building up retail sales with the focus on B2C customers in Germany outside of its own grid territory. The services FMC provided were the undertaking of a market and competition analysis in the territory near the Swiss border, to assess the potential sales success and review economic performance in a business case exercise. As a result, FMC produced a simulation model that takes into consideration the impacts of strategic marketing decisions and cost components as well as finding application for reviewing and verifying other tasks in sales and sales services.
- SW Winterthur: Reorientation in the areas trade, procurement and sales
SW Winterthur: Reorientation in the areas trade, procurement and salesThe project aim was the restructuring of the trading, procurement and marketing departments of a large municipal utility to take account the development of the Swiss power market. The services FMC provided were reworking the existing procurement strategy, transfer of responsibility for procurement in the interim management, setting up and implementing a tool for procurement and risk oversight, assisting in the development of internal and external procedures for drawing up electricity schedules (also in cooperation with service providers) and upgrading forecasting quality, contract negotiations for managing a sub-balancing group, setting up procedures for schedule transmission and data communication with distribution system operators and finally flanking support for configuring and implementing a portfolio management and forecasting system.
- EPH: Technical evaluation of thermal power plants, due diligence
EPH: Technical evaluation of thermal power plants, due diligenceFMC supported a strategic investor in the technical evaluation of thermal power plants in Italy (coal and gas fired). Based on an inventory evaluation, the future investment needs were assessed along with the estimated operating costs. The scope further included the analysis of environmental risks and issues with the permit. As a result the findings of the study were summarized in a due diligence report.
- Preparation of a technical and environmental due diligence for an Utility
Preparation of a technical and environmental due diligence for an UtilityA utility intended to divest up to 25% of its power generation and distribution assets. The project aim of this transaction was to generate capital inflow, to increase the operational know how of the company and improve the management capabilities. FMC supported the process by carrying out a technical and environmental due diligence of the power generation and distribution assets. Furthermore, together with a group of advisors, the process was supported with regard to the development of a favorable legal and regulatory environment for the transaction and any other activities related to the transaction process.
- Saudi Arabia, Electricity & Co-Generation Regulatory Authority: Development of key performance indicators for the evaluation of existing assets
Saudi Arabia, Electricity & Co-Generation Regulatory Authority: Development of key performance indicators for the evaluation of existing assetsThe project aim was the evaluation of the existing facilities of a Regulatory Authority in Middle East with regard to their performance and availability. The services FMC provided were the identification of the appropriate key performance figures and compare these with the international standards used in similar industries so that improvement of the facilities could be achieved.
- Kenya, Ministry of Energy & Petroleum: Development of a sustainable and cost-covering electrification strategy
Kenya, Ministry of Energy & Petroleum: Development of a sustainable and cost-covering electrification strategyTo develop a sustainable and cost-covering electrification strategy in Kenya, FMC was instructed to critically review the existing electricity directives and regulations and develop new policies. The National Electricity Company estimates the cost of a new connection to more than double the standard fee. The current connection costs were found to be too expensive for the financial situation of the current society. As a result FMC developed new regulations in this regard and, in particular, examined the proposed access charges for the electricity company.
- Preparation of a swiss utility for the opening up of the electricity market
Preparation of a swiss utility for the opening up of the electricity marketThe project aim was to prepare the Client for the opening up of the electricity market and for increased competition so that an organization that focuses on customers can be created. The services FMC provided were the expansion of the potential private customer base, the set up of a small and effective organization, and the transfer of expertise from the sales company to the head office.
- EnergieService Deutschland AG: Establishment of an energy service provider with the focus on sale business
EnergieService Deutschland AG: Establishment of an energy service provider with the focus on sale businessThe project aim was to build a (white label) platform on which energy utilities can organize their customers and perform switchover and customer processes, specifically communication, invoicing and tariff change etc. In the context of the evolving service market, the service FMC provided was to assist in the establishment of the energy service company, focusing on sales activities. As a result, FMC did set up partnerships with energy utilities for the company, thus developed a multi-brand platform enterprise that progressively incorporated further services for both customers and the contracting energy utilities.
- AlbWerk: Improvement customer loyalty
AlbWerk: Improvement customer loyaltyThe project aim was the selective analysis and elaboration of the strengths and weaknesses in the field of customer loyalty. The services FMC provided included the analysis of the actual situation and acceptance of the outside view (customer perspective) and interior view (staff views). In addition, to the individual interviews with employees and customers a customer and a process analysis were developed. Using the collected information, the strengths and weaknesses were determined specifically for the fields of strategy, services, communications, processes and organizational structure and recommendations were developed. The recommendations were classified concerning urgency and time effort.
- SWP: Improvement customer loyalty
SWP: Improvement customer loyaltyThe project aim was to analyze and identify strengths and weaknesses in customer retention.
The services FMC provided were the investigation of the current situation of external (customer) and internal (employee) perspectives, followed by individual customer and employee interviews. As a result, FMC provided recommendations that were classified according to urgency and time expenditure and to oversee the implementation of the recommended activities, FMC also provided support through workshops and consultations on strategy development and implementation.
- eprimo: Implementation of a strategy and market analysis
eprimo: Implementation of a strategy and market analysisFor a German electricity distribution company FMC has carried out an extensive strategy and market analysis to strengthen the brand positioning, development of cooperation management and development of operating processes such as the billing processes.
The methods used included an environment and competitive analysis for the national electricity and gas market, a SWOT analysis and a trend analysis. As a result, FMC could identify and analyze potential action fields that are prioritized in the strategic horizon (2020). In addition, new distribution channels were introduced based on the results and an optimized product development was achieved.
- BKW: Development of an Asset Management Concept
BKW: Development of an Asset Management ConceptThe project aim was to develop an asset management concept. The services FMC provided were the bringing about a new understanding of roles, adapting the staff-line and procedures organization, drafting a new monitoring and control concept, and assessing and selecting asset strategies. As a result, FMC devised a new specialist and IT concept on this basis.
- AlbWerk: Strategic network planning
AlbWerk: Strategic network planningFor a German local utility, FMC developed the load requirements target of network structure for the period until 2030. The increasing connection of renewable generation units changed the load structure and drew the strengthening of current network capacities.
To develop an appropriate network development strategy key factors influencing the demand on the network structure (economic, political, load-specific) have been identified and scenarios were defined for different characteristics of these factors. In addition, for each scenario structure vertices were developed and courses of action derived based on actual network data. As a result, a network development strategy was developed, including the technical and economic evaluation of its implementation.
- Financial optimization network operation
Financial optimization network operationThe project aim was the optimization of premises network operation under regulatory constraints and conditions of a chemicals enterprise. The service FMC provided was the investigation of options for financial optimization of network operation within the specified regulatory framework for transformation of the on-site power network currently operated as a customer installation into an integrated distribution network. As a result, FMC described the sequence of the transformation process under regulatory requirements and the changes in process handling and evaluated the technical adjustments that were essential for the organizational changes of network operation.
- Transnet BW: Virtual Power Plant: Market Study and partners selection
Transnet BW: Virtual Power Plant: Market Study and partners selectionThe project aim was to address the demand for re-dispatching capacity of the transmission network operators in South Germany. The services FMC provided was the further development of a procedure outlined by the Client for market-oriented procurement of the necessary re-dispatch capacity. For this purpose, the envisaged market design was evaluated under the aspects of effectiveness, efficiency, controllability and practicability. Through workshops, the framework conditions for tender and product design were defined and an estimate was made of the anticipated market response. As a result, FMC and the Client jointly developed a proposal for procurement of the requirement for re-dispatching that was discussed with political decision-makers.
- Arbitration regarding a power plant project
Arbitration regarding a power plant projectAs part of a civil litigation relating to a the construction of a new power plant, the services Fichtner provides are to evaluate what, if any, economic damage resulted from delays in commissioning the plant and to appraise various methods of determining alleged damages that are cited by the opposing party at different times. As a result, FMC provides an independent estimate of the damages along with Expert assessments for use in settlement negotiations and court proceedings.
- RWE: Optimization of audit planning and project management of modification measures
RWE: Optimization of audit planning and project management of modification measuresThe services FMC provided were the planning and scheduling of backfitting measures of a German Nuclear Power Plant, including the analysis of processes to meet approval requirements, the development of a monitoring tool, and the support of the project management with network scheduling. As a result, FMC optimized the quality of the Client’s process and provided comprehensive support before the next inspection and overhaul outage.
- Support in the field of project management, project control
Support in the field of project management, project controlThe services FMC provided to the Client, a German energy supplier, were a goal-oriented project management, a long-standing support of the project management (schedule tracking, documentation management and controlling) and the development of plant-specific project instruments. In addition, FMC supported the Client in project monitoring, particularly in the preparation of the flagship projects for management. As a result the selected projects were actively and successively questioned, evaluated and monitored.
- Project management for the implementation of a fire protection project in a nuclear power plant
Project management for the implementation of a fire protection project in a nuclear power plantFire protection is considered a complex topic, consisting of many disciplines especially when refereeing to nuclear power plants. It requires a high degree of project-organizational competence and a wide-ranging understanding. The project aim was to ensure on-time handling of the client`s project with effective project management as well as know-how transfer to the client`s staff. The services FMC provided were management and organizational consultancy for the implementation of a fire protection project in a nuclear power plant.