The new Face of Competition

Oil majors are now competing with national oil companies against a background of reducing reserves and extremely high shareholder expectations. Companies are also being pressed to enhance flexibility, reliability and margins at their refineries, to secure low cost feedstocks and to improve retail margins.

Major utility companies are faced with emissions trading, the stalled liberalisation of electricity and gas markets in Europe, the collapse of the energy merchant business model in the US, the growing gas import requirements and difficult permitting for new infrastructure.

How we can help

For over 40 years we've helped clients solve some of the world's toughest energy problems. We help energy companies master huge and complex challenges, in rapidly changing situations, often under very demanding geographic, economic, regulatory and political conditions. Our clients include the world's largest oil and utilities companies.

We work together with them as partners to bring clear thinking to bear on key strategic issues. What sets us apart is our unique ability to combine four factors; a deep practical understanding of the energy industry and its most difficult challenges, the highest calibre of people, innovation to produce fresh insights and a commitment to achieving measurable results. It's what we're known for and enables us to create solutions that effectively satisfy the needs of our clients, all the way from boardroom to operations.

Arthur D. Little has offices all around the world, so nowhere is beyond the reach of our energy and utilities expertise. For each assignment we create a multi-disciplinary case team that works seamlessly with the client. It is always tailored to the particular assignment and offers a balance between experienced industry and functional specialists and a number of local experts.

We help major players in the energy industry find effective solutions to many of their most complex challenges through our thought leadership. That's why the big names call on us, not just once, but time after time.

How we can help

Resolving the complex issues of a changing industry relies on fresh insights that challenge conventions. Our people have worked with more than a 100 energy clients worldwide over the last 10 years, including all of the largest oil, gas and utilities companies.

We employ a range of methodologies to help companies create value by unravelling complexity within their operations. Our core services cover upstream and downstream oil and gas, power generation and the electricity and gas markets. We have the in-depth practical experience to exploit a broad range of industry and functional skills to help you identify and refine your vision, enhance your performance, realise the benefits of your innovations. Arthur D. Little will be your partner when developing projects or resolving contractual disputes.

Realign vision

Faced with rapid changes in energy markets, you are probably being forced to rethink your business model, your position in the energy value chain and your carbon footprint. We'll use a range of approaches to help you create a vision and strategy that sets you on the road to enhanced profitability: corporate and business unit strategy; portfolio optimization and management; new business development and exploration strategy; market and supply strategy; acquisition and divestiture; strategic alliances and partnering; scenario planning; sustainability and risk management.

Foster Innovation

Companies invest billions of dollars every year in Research and Development and in the deployment of new technology. The results, however, are often disappointing. We'll help you manage your portfolio of R&D initiatives in the following areas: Technology Strategy and Planning; R&D Process Optimisation; Technology Acquisition and Deployment; R&D and Technology Valuation; Technology Intelligence and Forecasting; R&D Organisation and Funding; and Performance Improvement.

Work in Partnership

We will work closely with you, in both a commercial and a technical capacity, to define and structure new energy projects. We'll also support you by providing testimony as expert witnesses when you need to resolve contractual disputes. We work on assignments involving: Techno-Economic Studies; Project Development; Asset Valuations; Contract Negotiation; Litigation and Arbitration; Regulatory Impact Analysis; Competitor Analysis and Market Analysis.

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