Our latest Insights | Testing, Inspection, & Certification Segment
Based on three recent client engagements, Harris Williams professionals Brian Lucas, Luke Semple, and Ian Thomas discuss what is attracting investors to the testing, inspection, and certification space.
Industry | Select Recent M&A Activity
M&A: Power Team Services, a leading provider of maintenance and construction services to the U.S. utility industries, is being acquired by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. HW served as the exclusive financial advisor to Power Team Services.
M&A: Oildex, a provider of financial supply chain automation for the oil and gas industry, has been acquired by Drillinginfo, a portfolio company of Genstar Capital.
M&A: STS Consulting, a provider of inspection and project management services, has been acquired by Applied Cleveland Holdings, a portfolio company of First Reserve Corporation.
M&A: The Bayou Companies, a provider of pipe coating and insulation for new construction in the on-shore and off-shore oil and gas sector, has been acquired by Altamont Capital Partners.
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What We’re Reading
Oil & Gas | Machine Learning to Transform Oil & Gas Industry
“Machine learning is a key component to our digital transformation at Anadarko. Machine learning (ML) techniques enable the exploration and development success in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico through the use of deep learning networks to detect features such as faults, salt and stratigraphic geometries, giving seismic interpreters a sophisticated ML-based workflow to both accelerate their interpretation and more importantly provide a robust feature detection tool with a more exhaustive approach than manual efforts can provide in isolation.”
Utilities | Utilities Embrace Growing Applications of Demand Response: SEPA Snapshot
“While the utility sector has moved past DR as primarily a way to keep the lights on (though it can do that), this is not the end of the evolution. The DR market has essentially learned to walk, musing that the market is not crawling anymore, but still not quite running. That change is coming soon. Energy Hub estimates 40 million customer-owned behind-the-meter (BTM) distributed energy resources (DERs) will be coming online in the next five years: a mix of batteries, thermostats, smart solar inverters, grid-tied water heaters and electric vehicles."
Infrastructure | Why the Future of American Infrastructure is Private
“Nothing beats top down planning and funding for these kinds of national issues, but in the absence of focused government attention, the private sector will increasingly identify business opportunities. These are not likely to be full-blown “PPP” transactions that require major government involvement but, rather, private sector investments into assets that are associated with revenue generation such as power transmission and storage, rail transportation and port facilities as well as “smart city” urban investments in ride share, distributed power generation and continued improvements in telecom.”
Oil & GAs | Chevron Launching Predictive Maintenance to Oil Fields, Refineries
“Chevron Corp. has launched an effort to predict maintenance problems in its oil fields and refineries, a capability that many companies have been working for years to cultivate and is just now gathering momentum. Advances in the functionality and economics of sensors, data analytics and cloud computing are behind the rise of so-called predictive analytics, which Chevron executives say could lead to savings of millions of dollars annually. Working with Internet of Things services from Microsoft Corp., Chevron aims to enable thousands of pieces of equipment with sensors by 2024 to predict exactly when equipment will need to be serviced.”
Power | DNV GL Predicts ‘Massive’ Grid Expansion and Automation
“DNV GL expects global grid capacity to triple by 2050 as electricity network operators fight to cope with a surge in electric vehicles and renewables. The quality assurance and risk management giant said the electrification of energy demand would double by 2050 as transportation, buildings and manufacturing all increasingly go electric. Installation rates for distribution system transformers will double. By 2027, half of all new car sales in Europe are expected to be electric vehicles, DNV GL said. The company’s latest Energy Transition Outlook also predicted 80 percent of global electricity production will come from renewables by 2050. A growing fraction of wind and solar power on the grid will force many countries to redesign the way electricity markets work, bringing in market-based pricing signals to encourage greater flexibility.”
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