Residual steam network

Several companies situated in an industrial and harbour area in The Netherlands have a demand for steam. There are also companies in the area that can deliver residual steam from their production process. By connecting these companies through a pipeline, residual steam can be deployed in a beneficial way, which in turn can optimise the energy situation in a sustainable way.

ESCo is needed

All companies involved would like to see a steam network be established. They do, however, demand that they can continue to focus on their key activities. The demand and delivery of steam have to be organised in a way that guarantees availability at all times. In order for the project to succeed, an Energy Services Company (ESCo) has been established, which will take up the procurement and transfer of residual steam.

Multiple chess boards

For the realisation of this ESCo, it is crucially important that the necessary steam pipe infrastructure is built and that its functionality is guaranteed after its deployment. Furthermore, financing of the ESCo has to be arranged, the business case has to be developed and modelled, contractual arrangements have to be negotiated, and all necessary permits have to be obtained. Because of the multitude of tasks, establishing an ESCo is a complex process, which requires a project manager to ‘play chess on several boards at once’.

Emile Peters of Triple Bridge has been commissioned to establish this ESCo, and thus delivering a blueprint for similar future projects.