Telco and Utility: Friend or Foe?

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Energy & Utilities October 2012

Telco and Utility: Friend or Foe?

How telecommunication companies and utilities fight to capture a share in smart energy

The energy market is undergoing a tremendous transformation. All parts of the electricity value chain are on their way to becoming “smart”. This creates new market opportunities – and players are evolving to take advantage of them. [...]

Energy & Utilities September 2012

Offshore Wind Meets Nuclear

Most of the challenges in the development and procurement of offshore wind energy have been faced before- why not take a chance and have a look at lessons learned from the nuclear field?

Offshore wind projects often embrace expertise from the Oil & Gas industry. Facing increasing delays and other challenges it might be the right time to also have a look at an industry which is often considered an antagonist of wind power: nuclear energy. [...]

The Projects, Technology & Procurement Organization

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Energy & Utilities July 2012

The Projects, Technology & Procurement Organization

The Emergence of a New Organization Form in E&P

The integration of Project management, Technology and Procurement functions into an integrated unit can improve performance by achieving better control, project cost reduction and the opportunity to achieve performance leadership through technology. [...]

Global CAPEX & Maintenance Forecast

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Energy & Utilities October 2011

Global CAPEX & Maintenance Forecast

Revised Using 2011 Model

Arthur D. Little’s energy practice forecasts growth in Global CAPEX and maintenance spending of 3.8 per cent CAGR from 2011 to 2016 with most of the growth driven by new investments in exploration and production. [...]

Building a New Equilibrium

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Energy & Utilities September 2011

Building a New Equilibrium

Measuring Externalities to Demonstrate the Value of Investment in Oil & Gas Projects

Hydrocarbons continue to be the world’s most economical, prevalent and reliable energy source. However global tensions occur when the economic, social and environmental impact of exploration and production activities are combined with market, geopolitical and technical risks. [...]

Realigning UK Energy Policy

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Energy & Utilities August 2010

Realigning UK Energy Policy

From a High Cost, Low Quality System to a Robust, Cost-Efficient Infrastructure

For more than a decade, the government has pursued a series of inconsistent policies in the electricity sector, flip-flopping between conflicting policy objectives that if implemented would likely lead to a high cost, but low quality, electricity system that will not deliver the desired climate change objectives. We question whether the current policies offer good value for money for consumers. [...]

Nuclear New Build Unveiled

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Energy & Utilities June 2010

Nuclear New Build Unveiled

Is Nuclear New Build more a Management than a Technology Challenge?

The new build of nuclear power plants is one of the present day’s most complex technical undertakings. Inaccurate understanding of projects risks and inaccurate prioritisation of critical activities often lead to significant delays and budget overruns. The study "Nuclear New Build Unveiled" analyses the current status, trends and challenges within the nuclear industry. [...]

Improving Management of Potentially Catastrophic Risks

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Energy & Utilities June 2010

Improving Management of Potentially Catastrophic Risks

In the Oil & Gas Industry

Recent catastrophic events show that, despite carefully planned and implemented risk management, the impact of residual risks can present significant damage to an oil & gas company’s balance sheet. This has turned industry attention to the assessment of exposure to risk (EtR) – the concept of the maximum potential economic loss associated with catastrophic risk. [...]

Time for Change

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Energy & Utilities December 2009

Time for Change

Oil Company Asset Management

Structural changes taking place in the oil supply outlook are making it very complex for international oil companies (IOCs) to pursue their key twin targets. Traditional models of asset management - focused on individual asset performance and short-term results - are already limiting what IOCs can accomplish today. And additional challenges are emerging for the future. To address these we propose a holistic approach to asset management. [...]

Managing Capital Investment Programs

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Energy & Utilities April 2009

Managing Capital Investment Programs

How to get investment programs "right"

Effective project selection and management is not a new message. However, even the most sophisticated upstream oil and gas companies do not “get it right” every time. Arthur D. Little believes that our lifecycle approach to capital investment helps to identify the causes for failure of projects and provides insight into increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of infrastructure capital. [...]

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