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Oxford Advisor

The area of activity ‘Oxford Advisor’ consists of strategic and operative consultancy projects with energy suppliers.

Resulting from our real-live companies that we manage, we have gained substantial, valuable experience. We are therefore also doing independent consultancy projects in the energy sector. Our consultancy projects distinguish us from the competition insofar as the results are based on strategically and operatively running real-life businesses and not writing eloquent but impractical advice.

The route is to commission a project, where clients enjoy our unique setup: We are a specialist advisor, so – unlike most large competitors – we only have experts with considerable long-term industry experience. Because of this expert/niche setup, many of our customers are large international companies, this distinguishes us from most smaller competitors.

We have been focused on the energy sector from the beginning, within this sector we have done many projects along the complete energy sector value chain (from exploration/production via transmission/distribution, trading to retail…). E.g. for British Gas we have benchmarked power plant parks of numerous competitors worldwide on a plant level, we have also done projects with Shell, BP, E.ON, Nuon, BKW and many other energy companies.

Two short project description should offer some orientation in this area:

1) The Multinational Natural Gas Purchaser

In this project the adequacy of gas procurement has been analysed. This necessitated complete margin & value calculation from exploration to retail applications. Various different usage scenarious of natural gas have been associated with numerical evaluations. The results enabled the client to establish strategic renegotiation options of existing contracts.

This project necessitated comprehensive knowledge of energy regulatory laws in several countries, knowledge of gas exploration & production costs in a technical and commercial respect as well as evaluation of different usage scenarios of natural gas.

2) The International Polyethylene- and Polypropylene Producer

The project was characterized by the lopsidedness of the existing supplier contracts at project start, that have been analysed together with the client and could be optimized in several negotiation rounds. The pre-project dominance of the supplier could be demonstrated and reduced by combination of legal, commercial and technical aspects.

Standard points of the supplier have been identified as such, a related national and European benchmarking analysis brought a number of negotiation trumps for the chemical production company.

A “Level Playing Field” could only be established by detailed knowledge of the consumption profile, validation of the price arguments from the supplier side and detailed analysis of complex price formulae.