Energy

Energy

Combine enterprise simulation with powerful financial modelling tools

The energy generation, transmission and distribution sectors have long been at the forefront of the use of simulation and optimisation tools. However, the volume and rate of change driven by new technology, for example electric vehicles and renewables, and in some jurisdictions, the need to meet climate change obligations mean that the current generation of tools are inadequate. Many of the tools currently in use have been used at the plant level for engineering purposes or solely within narrow business functions such as asset maintenance. The lack of appreciation of financial or systemic issues by these lower level tools limits their overall value. How do you know if a locally optimised plan actually optimises the organisational objectives, is resilience to strategic risks and offers the greatest flexibility to leverage future opportunities?

Forward looking companies in this sector are realising that the spreadsheets and niche tools long used for making strategic decisions are inadequate within rapidly changing national and global markets. Not only do they not fully represent the operational constraints that exist in their businesses, they lack the flexibility to rapidly develop practical financially productive decisions that cut across organisational silos. Therefore, the ability to make rapid, forward looking and holistic decisions is a key competency that energy companies must develop to succeed in an increasingly complex and volatile sector.

BMA’s Next Generation Analytics provides an integrated modelling, optimisation and planning engine which can dramatically enhance the profitability of strategic and operational decision making within companies in the Energy sector. Our solutions can simultaneously consider multiple constraints, including operational, asset and financial constraints as well as sector specific constraints such as gas quality requirements through blended modelling capabilities which are unique to our solutions. Critically, to what is an asset intensive sector our solution is industry leading in its ability to consider asset interdependencies in its optimisation.

Key Strategic Challenges

  • Age of assets & infrastructure
  • Accommodating the changing mix of sources supplying our local & national networks
  • Population growth
  • Government legislation
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Climate change, particularly severe weather events affecting the asset base
  • Reducing carbon emissions
  • Changing demand patterns
 

The Sustainable Energy Solution Suite

For over a decade BMA have worked with clients in the UK, Australia and South Africa to develop Digital Twins of their complex asset systems and business processes. These virtual representations of the physical world have been used in a variety of ways to answer some of the very difficult questions that the majority of first world energy companies now face.

Questions like:

  • How will the advent of new sources of gas such as shale and hydrogen affect both gas quality and strategic investment choices within the sector?
  • How will the growth of electric vehicles radically change demand profiles and how must network management and investment options combine to deliver a distribution network that can accommodate this additional demand, ensuring the network is fit-for-the-future?
  • How is the overall resilience of networked assets be affected by the deteriorating reliability of critical nodes and reducing redundancy over time and under different operating conditions?
  • How should capital programmes be optimised to ensure the overall capacity of the network is not compromised and minimise disruption to customers, whilst accounting for future population forecasts and potential future capacity constraints?
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Key Capabilities of Our Solutions

  • BMA use leading edge Prescriptive Analytics software to provide clients with optimal solutions and statistical applications to assess the impact of multiple variables and competing constraints enabling a thorough evaluation of the company risk landscape.
  • Our solutions provide clients with a full set of financial reports and forecasts at asset, process or system level providing clients with clarity on how parameters such as cost forecasts, capital value and profitability are impacted.
  • Solutions can be tailored to answer questions which are meaningful to clients such as minimum investment scenarios or back solve to deliver a plan which reflects multiple hard and soft constraints.
  • Our ability to quickly change the objective function means that we can tailor the solution outcomes to meet different client requirements such as lowest cost, lowest carbon or maximum output.
  • Solutions can be tailored to consider multiple time horizons, answering questions of strategic, tactical or operational nature, tailoring outputs accordingly.
  • Once constructed, multiple scenarios can be considered by the solution to assess the impact of different risk factors such as price volatility, supply chain constraints or unplanned asset outages.
  • Our user-friendly interface gives full flexibility to the Client to modify parameters, run scenarios and consume results within purpose-built dashboards and visualisations.

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