The Port of Dover is Europe’s busiest ferry port, a vital international gateway for the movement of people and trade.
It is also an award-winning cruise port, one of the busiest in the UK and hosts some of the world’s most prestigious cruise lines. Other successful businesses include a cargo terminal, a top award-winning marina and several niche activities. The business mix is diverse.
The Port of Dover is seen as a brand of quality and importance and is a continually growing organisation, creating and supporting economic growth nationally and locally and working towards a more sustainable future for the local environment.
The Port is also committed to implementing its Environmental Policy in order to achieve its vision and mission and deliver a sustainable port operation for the benefit of current and future generations.
The Port of Dover invited Beond to tender for its consultancy services in 2016, within a competitive request for proposal for services. This involved setting out a proactive approach to understanding the specific needs of the Port’s energy portfolio, recommending ways of overcoming legacy issues to deliver short-term goals and longer term environmental aspirations, driving down energy costs, reducing emissions and helping the Port to become smarter in taking a joined up approach to energy matters.
Ultimately, the Port was looking for a long term beneficial partnership for all of its initiatives and projects relating to energy and Beond was delighted to oblige.
As a key Port in the UK, Dover recognises the importance of delivering value and is actively engaged in working towards a long-term objective to be a carbon zero Port. Therefore, whilst the cost of energy is a critical element of any strategy the Port was looking for a partner who was able to support more than just the purchasing of energy.
Traditionally the Port had secured long-term fixed price contracts for its electricity and gas requirements but had begun to consider the benefits and opportunities of a more dynamic flexible purchasing strategy.
The challenge set by the Port within the consultancy tender was:
Beond was instructed by the Port in late 2016, having demonstrated our values and proposed service partnership in a highly competitive tender which included major competitors. We were able to provide a service which aligned to the key objectives of the Port and offer a staged approach to delivering near and long-term benefits.
Between Beond and the Port of Dover we started with a detailed risk management workshop which established:
The conclusion of this workshop enabled Beond to determine a structured plan for dealing with the immediate requirements (i.e. the procurement tenders) and how we would evaluate the longer-term requirements (i.e. capital infrastructure projects).
It was agreed that Beond would engage on phase 1 in the following areas:
All services have been conducted under our dedicated in-house OJEU team, providing compliant OJEU services to ensure compliance to regulations alongside an industry leading OJEU compliant software platform.
Beond completed a competitive OJEU compliant tender for the half hourly, non-half-hourly (including P272 meters) and gas requirements. This concluded in:
Beond concluded a competitive OJEU compliant tender for the Port’s gas-oil requirements, putting in place a more efficient contract with a new partner alongside a delivery strategy which could reduce supplier costs by 30%.
We are currently considering numerous on-site generation options for the Port by conducting full feasibility studies and working with various third party organisations to define the optimum strategy for emissions and cost reduction to help the Port meet its long-term emissions reductions target.
As an independent consultancy, we are able to advise on a full range of third party and emerging technologies and provide the Port with our unique insight and analysis to help build a considered and beneficial business case.
The initial conclusions from stage 1 of our long-term partnership enabled Beond to deliver:
Beond will continue to support the Port in meeting and optimising their current and future energy and emissions exposure as they face challenges from the ever-changing markets.
For further information about any of our services please call Beond on 0208 634 7533 or email firstname.lastname@example.org