Solutions

Energy producers have unique supply chain requirements, based on uniquely capital intensive equipment, highly engineered systems, long lead times, high cost of downtime, and intense regulatory oversight. In addition, long capital investment cycles require extensive forward planning and decision-making under uncertain future conditions.

Using its deep reputation for managing complex supply chain challenges, BSI facilitates the coming together of producers and their vendors in relationships that are built on trust, and trust that is built on proven performance and fact-based analysis. We offer four core solutions: Market Insight, Local Supplier Selection and Development, Negotiations Support, and Supply Chain Alignment.

ECONOMIC AND FISCAL IMPACT STUDIES

BSI is the source for supply chain economics, having pioneered many of the analytical and economic methods in the early 2000s. We have used our actual experience with sourcing and supply chain optimization projects to develop accurate coefficients and multipliers for modeling the value chain impacts of investment, sales, and pricing scenarios.

We have also developed supply chain taxonomies that have been used in policy-making to quantify the impact of policy scenarios on different types of companies. Our expert policy analysis team uses these constructs to provide sound and compelling policy advice to governments worldwide.

VALUE CHAIN STRATEGIES

For buyers, effective supply chain management should make operations more agile and less costly. BSI has literally “written the book” on methods and techniques to reduce cost and improve quality simultaneously by acting on the end-to-end supply chain.

For suppliers, value chain design should result in delighted customers, marketing flexibility, and enhanced innovation and speed to market. Classic operations improvement can reduce cost without sacrificing service, reduce inventory without sacrificing service levels, and reduce fixed cost by planning and scheduling work to avoid bottlenecks, today’s supply chain leaders are tailoring their supply chain management processes and systems to their business strategies, and achieving dramatic results. Suppliers seeking to develop an effective supply chain strategy turn to Boston Strategies International for supply chain strategy, capital investment evaluation, and market entry & exit strategies.

COST REDUCTION PROJECTS

BSI offers Major Capital Project (MCP) cost estimates based on Activity-Based Costing (ABC) and benchmarks. We verify and validate by benchmarking the projects against similar projects, and by “fitting” the cost of major components (such as hydrocracking reactors) to the specific engineering requirements (often size, material, and pressure) of each project based on our proprietary “price cubes.” We also factor in EPC profit margins and contingencies to provide a complete picture.

We also provide cost benchmarks and analyses for engineered as well as standard components, which are based on our deep technical knowledge in complex products and services such as Rotating equipment, Static equipment, Chemicals, and Drilling, as well as our databases of materials costs for major factor inputs such as metals, various types of labor, and energy.

DATA SECURITY SERVICES

Boston Strategies International offers proactive threat prevention, detection, and remediation throughout gas, oil, and power supply chains through multi-tier security certification, technical contract and subcontract analysis, contract administration, activity logging, correlation analysis, and threat hunting.

Working with your team, BSI helps you plan and execute an integrated cyber approach to avoid, manage, and remediate security and privacy breaches. We offer three services: Diagnostic Audits, Ongoing Management, and Damage Control and Remediation.

TRAINING, ORGANISATION AND DEVELOPMENT

The best way to learn is through experience, and the best training is “experiential,” meaning that it is interactive and simulates a real-world situation. When it comes to learning about Forecasting and Demand Planning, Sales and Operations Planning, Inventory Management, and Production Scheduling, there is no substitute for learning “on the job.” The best tool around for quick team learning on these topics is an interactive and fun exercise that was developed at MIT in the 1960s. In a two-hour session, participants learn first-hand about “bullwhip effect” and how to deal with it to make supply chains more efficient. Even those with 20 or more years of experience are surprised at how much they learn during the brief exercise and say that the exercise has fundamentally crystallized and heightened their understanding of their jobs. BSI offers customized sessions of “the beer game” for corporate groups from four to 45 people at a time. There is no advance preparation required. It can be done onsite and, if desired, coordinated with other activities such as retreats and workshops.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION SERVICES

Owners, operators and service providers such as law firms, investment banks, and private equity firms engage BSI to serve as an advisor and expert witness.

Our dispute resolution services cover these major areas of competence:

  • Contract interpretation, contract administration, and contract dispute
  • Monopoly and monopsony pricing
  • Market dominance
  • Procurement processes and best practices
  • Supply market economics
  • Price manipulation
  • Logistics and transportation, including pipeline transport

THE OGP NETWORK

The purpose of OGPnetwork is to accelerate the procurement process for oil, gas and power generation projects in rapidly growing countries such as Bahrain, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Qatar, Russia and Saudi Arabia, where it can be a challenge to find local providers of equipment and field services. The network currently features thousands of suppliers servicing oil, gas and power generation companies globally. The OGPnetwork also offers users the option to receive relevant tenders by email and get notified about new suppliers in their respective country/region.

The OGPnetwork provides buyers with independent ratings, customized company profiles and market analyses, leading to 10 times faster access to overseas partners compared to traditional sourcing, sales and purely internet-based channels.

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