Construction World

Advisian, the independent advisory and consulting arm of WorleyParsons, is leading the way in optimising project delivery across Africa. Adam Boughton, Sectors Director for EMEA, elaborates on how Advisian is helping its customers change their game, by providing solutions to their critical resource, energy and infrastructure challenges.

Advisian unites traditional management and strategic advisory services with deep domain engineering expertise to produce innovative, practical, results-driven solutions that Boughton collectively refers to as “techno-economic modelling analysis”. He explains that this is a solution capable of building a comprehensively sound, optimised business case based on real engineering and technological capabilities, acquired through the organisation’s extensive 130-year project delivery history in the hydrocarbons, power, infrastructure, minerals & metals, and chemical industries. 

    Adam Boughton EMEA Regional Director of Sectors.

“Advisian’s extensive engineering history has played a fundamental role in much of the organisation’s success, allowing us to develop and plan projects in an efficient, optimal and practical way, resulting in significant customer savings right from the outset,” says Boughton.

While historical experience provides a solid base, Advisian also draws on other unique tools that further assist in mitigating risk and identify opportunities across their customers’ entire end-to-end business value chain. 

StepWise, a fully integrated financial and technical process model that requires minimal financial commitment, takes a low-risk approach to providing the best possible technical alternatives in a quick and cost-effective way. The model assists in providing strategic decisions on potential investments, with a focus on maximising returns while minimising and managing exposure to risk. Risks and opportunities are identified early on in the process, thereby offering real value choices quickly and at a very low cost.

“Through StepWise, Advisian can also create a digital model of any potential project and can technically simulate its operation. This gives a visual representation of the final development and can significantly reduce the cost of pre-feasibility studies or lead a project immediately to feasibility stage,” explains Boughton.

In addition, access to WorleyParsons’ extensive-real world database on project delivery and engineering knowledge assists in the early identification of options, thereby reducing OPEX/CAPEX time.

Further aiding the complex process of bringing projects to the market in the most sustainable, optimised way is Advisian’s environmental management, social performance and stakeholder management capabilities. From changing local, national and international legislation, to increasing stakeholder and community expectations, Advisian helps customers understand and manage their interfaces with the natural, physical, social, cultural, regulatory and built environments – no matter which part of the world they are operating in.

The organisation’s strong engineering and consultancies capabilities in South Africa have played an integral role in acquiring projects throughout the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region.

“As example in the Power Sector, we have achieved success in Africa with a number of projects undereway. Among the projects in which we are currently engaged locally is a project to provide biogas from biomass sources, and are also assisting various companies in accessing the viability of developing a gas economy in South Africa,” says Boughton.

The advisory business was also recently appointed as Owner’s Engineer for the concentrating solar power (CSP) fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai, the largest of its kind in the world.  Some of the challenges that the organisation has been asked to address include the size of the plant; managing technology risk, particularly in the central tower plant including the receiver and surrounding heliostat fields; and in the very large thermal energy storage systems.

“Sustainable, optimised projects rely on strong technical engineering experience, sound financial advice and responsible social and environmental capabilities; all of which is offered through Advisian’s comprehensive suite of advisory services,” concludes Boughton.

Advisian is the independent consulting business line of WorleyParsons with almost 3,000 people across 19 countries. We provide solutions for clients in the Hydrocarbons, Minerals & Metals, Chemicals, and Infrastructure industries. WorleyParsons is a company that prides itself on providing safe and high-quality services that exceed our customer’s expectations, which is why we manage some of the world's leading projects.

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