The biomass energy renewables segment involves the application of biomass materials to fire or co-fire electricity, heat or cooling thermal generation plants. Biomass can in the form of combustible waste products, including biproducts of sewage sludge and solid waste (which includes combustible solids and gases in the form of methane or "biogas"). Biomass can also be in the form of combustible agricultural or forest products in their raw materials forms (which can include animal manure, compressed wood pellets, sawdust, plant mass, corn cobs, etc.). Biomass (and biogas) is separate and distinct from liquid "biofuels". Biofuels are refined liquid fuels including ethanol and biodiesel derived from raw materials such as waste vegetable oils of agricultural products such as corn, sugar can, sugar beets, sorghum, etc. While biofuels may have limited commercial applicability as an alternative transportation fuel, they are not commercially viable as an energy source for generating electrical, heat and cooling energies.
Biomass in the form of combustible solid and gaseous components of sewage sludge or solid waste can be processes at wastewater treatment and solid waste processing facility sites, respectively. Biomass from agricultural and forest products is usually processed at agricultural aggregation facilities such as grain and produce collection and storage depots, grain elevators and storage facilities. A biomass generation or co-generation plant can be developed on-site at these facilities where these respective biomass feedstocks can be combusted on-site. At a minimum small on-site generators can be used as for generating power for the local power for the treatment or processing facility. However, to the extent that a co-fired generator or co-generator can be developed at or near these biomass source sites, such plants exhibit significant gains in terms of plant thermal efficiency, reduced fossil fuel consumption and lower carbon emissions in comparison to stand-alone electricity, heat and cooling generation.
Our advisory services can help our clients align the capabilities of the counterparty's capital and "know-how", efficiencies, life-cycle operational and maintenance discipline, and management resources with the public sector objectives of most efficiently providing and ensuring safe, reliable, and efficient electricity generation to citizens and business users at affordable prices (energy tariffs, fees and taxes). We can also assist our clients in identifying and procuring suitable vendors, technology and service providers in the biomass renewable energy segment. Our experts have significant experience and competence in delivering biomass assets under various development, financing, operating and ownership models, including Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC), Engineering Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM), Operations & Maintenance (O&M), Design-Build-Own-Operate (DBOO), Design-Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (DBOOT), and similar variations. We also have significant experience advising on Public-Private Partnership (P3), privatization and M&A transactions within the energy and utilities sector. Our broad and global experience includes all forms of P3 models, under regulated or deregulated tariff regimes, offtake agreements (such as various forms of PPAs and CfDs and similar contractual agreements), availability payment, as well as stock/share, trade and asset sales/acquisitions and Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) with respect to energy and utilities companies and assets.
Within the biomass energy segment, DCS experts maintain relationships with related project consultants and participants including: both international and local legal advisors; technical, engineering and environmental/social advisors, economic/market consultants; contractors, vendors and technology providers; strategic and financial equity sponsors; lenders (including commercial lenders, international/development financial institutions (IFIs/DFIs), Export Credit Agencies and Export-Import Banks (ECA/Ex-IMs), institutional lenders, bond funds and investment banks) and credit rating agencies (if necessary). We are always prepared and highly experienced in taking on a lead transaction advisory or project/program management role where we coordinate and manage (in some cases, procure and retain via subcontract) various technical, legal and other consultants required for the project. On behalf of our clients we are prepared and accustomed to leading and concluding negotiations with governmental/public sector or equity sponsors, contractors and venders, lenders, rating agencies and regulators, on behalf of our clients, as may be relevant for a given client project.
In many client cases, there may also be a significant nexus between biomass generation projects, assets and businesses and other sectors that we specialize in, such as ; water and wastewater (in the case of water desalination and power plants or biomass/sewage sludge energy recovery plants); solid waste (in the case of biomass/solid waste "waste-to-energy" plants); energy & utilities (co-generation, transmission, distribution, sales and supply and trading); and, industrials (E&C, heavy industries). We are prepared to bring our complementary expertise in these other relevant sectors to our generation sector clients, as their specific client project may benefit.
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