MINING | INFRASTRUCTURE | CLEAN COAL | EMISSION REDUCTIONS | VALUE IN USE
In respect of mining infrastructure many major mining houses are restricting capex to brown field projects and the extension of existing reserves; we identify and manage funds to build out the infrastructure and facilitate the movement of product to market, enabling the miner to focus on (i) best practise to reduce unit costs of the saleable product (ii) marketing to maximise revenue and income. The miner’s throughput tonnage enables us to fund and build out the infrastructure. The miner gains from an off-balance sheet transaction.
Using our vast database of steam (thermal) coals and coking (metallurgical) coals we are able to offer clients and partners services relating to quality, analysis and geology of coals from all major coal basins and developing resources dealing with complex issues including: Combustion – Blending – Coking – Emissions – Petrographics – Rheology. There are significant and continually evolving changes in the way power plants operate to meet emission targets and are able to arbitrage different coals. There is a far greater appetite for off-spec or non-indexed coals as utilities price in the cost of sulphur removal and other polluting contaminants. There will be a greater flexibility on using different coals due to changing requirements to deal with tightening emissions limits for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and in most cases require additional investment in the coal-fired power station fleet.
WASTE-TO-ENERGY | INFRASTRUCTURE | VALUE-IN-USE
The same principles and hurdles apply to building out waste-to-energy infrastructure as to mining infrastructure. This emerging market draws parallels with other mature energy markets including coal, coke, gas and oil. The value-in-use and quality of W2E products is significant for both front-end waste providers and back-end energy consumers. We are at the forefront of this market providing advisory and technical services aligned with commercial considerations for clients in this sector. By evaluating and establishing economic value chains and arbitrage opportunities we enable effective decisions to be made for both transactional and structured contracts.