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Keeping a lid on wind

Delivering efficiency in offshore wind.

The offshore wind industry will need to deliver more robust return on capital employed (ROCE) through cost reductions if it is to meet the expectations of its funders. However, with the sector in its infancy compared to others it will require a major step change in efficiency to gain parity and maximise the opportunity.

The opportunities to make real cost savings and drive efficiency are significant and can be up to 25%.

This approach has already borne fruit with clients as diverse as the water utilities, oil and gas companies, property
developers and infrastructure authorities.

To meet this challenge the whole sector, including the supply chain, must be aligned in its vision and approach tomaximise the opportunity. We find there are some key attributes which, only when implemented together, enableefficiency and cost savings to be fully maximised.

An aligned vision and strategic business objectives within the offshore wind sector Stakeholder alignment with the overall vision and objectives is necessary to drive accountability and ownership. To make this truly effective an organisation needs to ensure that there is agreed leadership in place, with appropriate governance to keep focus, plus clear and strong sponsorship at board level.

Clear visibility of the programme/project of works Programme and project visibility defines exactly what you need to deliver as a business and the operating model and supply chain requirements. Without this, we often see organisations that have significant wastage around their supply chain and overhead costs.

An operating model and organisation structure that is aligned to the delivery challenge A clear understanding of the vision and the strategy is crucial to designing the right organisation and to understanding the journey required to get organisations to where they want to be. The operating model will define the following: an organisation structure, including future processes, capabilities and systems; a governance structure; roles, responsibilities and job profiles; a clear route to transitioning to the new organisation.
The optimal operating model aligned to the delivery requirements of the organisation will enable the right levels of control and governance around key functions such as planning, procurement, cost and commercial management.

A supply chain that is aligned to the delivery requirements Within the utilities/power sector most of an organisation’s spend is on its end-to-end supply chain. Therefore a supply chain which is aligned to the organisation’s objectives and deliverables is key to optimising delivery and avoiding unnecessary costs.
Supplier engagement is also key and can lead to further cost reductions, standardisation in design, reducing waste
and driving innovation and performance improvement.

Paul Stapleton is head of energy at EC Harris

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