At Energy Pioneers, we closely work with our clients to assess investment risks and opportunities in the Middle East energy market.

Our services include analyses of the country policies and regulatory frameworks, assessments of the geopolitical risks affecting our clients' business operations, the preparation of integrated strategies for entering the market, and the identification of investment opportunities to fit individual clients’ capabilities.

Our strong and growing network of business people, investors, and decision-makers throughout the MENA's energy sector puts us in a unique position to ensure that our clients have a safe landing and to help them identify the right business partners.

Our services cover foreign investment and business development activities in the oil and gas sector and in the burgeoning market for renewable energy. We offer advice on water resources management, energy conservation and efficiency enhancement, and investment in petrochemicals and refineries. Our business activities are complemented by our interest in assisting local businesses to identify, develop and transfer state-of-the-art technologies to their countries' energy sectors, with a view to promoting sustainable practices in energy production.

 
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Oil & Gas Upstream

We provide consulting support in virtually all of the exploration and operation activities of Middle Eastern oil and gas companies. This includes business development advice; risk assessment; and locating and negotiating with the very best domestic partners for our clients. We also provide critical compliance services and due diligence and legal support through both our local legal counsel and leading international law firms.

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Power & Utilities

Energy Pioneers has been at the forefront of projects in the power sector, working side by side with major European and Asian project developers and financiers. We also offer expert legal services through our general law practice partner, EH & Partners, to a number of international firms. Our expertise has been brought to bear on multi-billion dollar investments in this sector.

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Petrochemical & Refinery

In the petrochemical sector, Energy Pioneers has a proven track record of delivering critical and independent advisory services on planned, developing and operational projects across the region. We are strong in research capabilities and have a keen awareness of shifting commercial and development trends throughout the industry. We have an excellent understanding of the regulatory environment and the policies that influence the development of projects.

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Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency

Our specialist renewable energy team has been providing a full range of consultancy services to major international project developers and investors interested in the Middle East rich renewable energy market. At the heart of our renewable energy expertise and advisory package is our in-depth knowledge of the energy policies in the Middle East, the fiscal and commercial issues relating to investment, and the operational capabilities of the domestic wind and solar sector.

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                           Oil & Gas

We provide consulting support in virtually all of the exploration and operation activities of the Middle East oil and gas markets. This includes business development advice; risk assessment; and locating and negotiating with the very best domestic partners for our clients. We also provide critical compliance services and due diligence and legal support through both our local legal counsel and leading international law firms.

Power & Utilities

 

Energy Pioneers has been at the forefront of some of the major projects in the power sector in the Middle East, working side by side with major European and Asian project developers and financiers. We also offer expert legal services through our partner, EH & Partners, to a number of international firms. Our expertise has been brought to bear on multi-billion dollar investments in this sector.

Our industry expertise and deep jurisdictional, technical and regulatory knowledge of the region's power sector have assisted our clients to understand how best to utilise the benefits of the attractive new Energy Conversion Agreements (ECAs) introduced by countries in the regions, and have helped them to gauge the financial soundness of the structuring of their projects and proposals. We also assist international stakeholders to navigate the complex policy and regulatory risks and opportunities pertaining to the IPP business environment and the country’s power sector landscape.  In addition to benefiting from our on-the-ground team of specialists, with decades of experience in the region's complex power sector, we can offer strategic communication services to assist our clients to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders within the countries so as to coordinate and successfully execute projects.

 

Some of our recent projects

* Providing investment, legal, and project development advice, and due diligence support to a major European project developer for the construction and implementation of a 550 MW gas-fired CCPP in the region.

* Providing market surveys and feasibility studies to a leading Asian developer for the construction of two 250 MW power projects in the region, and assisting the client in fulfilling all requirements to acquire licenses, permits and mandatory authorisations applicable the execution of the project.

* Acting as the local partner and legal counsel for one of the world’s largest certification bodies in the upstream and downstream energy sector, and providing legal and consultancy services in support of the client's business development needs in the region's renewable sector and smart-grid development.

 

 
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Our Advisory Services

Market survey and Insight: Independent advice on the market policy and industry structure of the power market, including risk analysis of IPP projects in line with the government’s Energy Conversion Agreements (ECAs):

  • Country entry and exist strategy
  • Business structure assessment support and redefining strategy
  • Technical due diligence and legal assistance in partnership with our leading international partners
  • Provision of local support for strategic partnerships and joint ventures with potential local partners
  • Full corporate due diligence
  • Technical translation of feasibility studies and technical due diligence reports
  • Assessment and assistance in new entrant strategies, technologies and production costs
  • Market analysis at national and regional levels

Legal services: Through our law firm partner, EH & Partners, we offer a full range of legal services for power projects:

  •  Contract negotiation and execution, including full assistance in acquisition of required permits and licenses and mandatory authorisations applicable to the execution of the project
  •  Post-sanctions power market regulations, restrictions and legal incentives
  • Foreign corporate ownership of land, FIPPA registration and protection and government guarantee
  •  Tax and local content requirements
  • Banking regulations and lender constraints and bankability issues     
  • Corporate registration and set-up support
  • Litigation and dispute settlement
 

Petrochemical & Refinery

In the petrochemical sector, Energy Pioneers has a proven track record of delivering critical and independent advisory services on planned, developing and operational projects across the country. We are strong in research and capability, and have a keen awareness of shifting commercial and development trends throughout the industry. We have an excellent understanding of the regulatory environment and the policies that influence the development of projects.

Our industry experts and consultants continuously seek and identify the best investment and project development opportunities for multinational and financial institutions, technology providers and international investment banks and financial institutions.

We bring together strategic consulting expertise with an in-depth knowledge of the petrochemical and refinery sector, and our clients benefit from the very best in independent advisory services. Our consultations run from business and project development to technical, strategic, management, and commercial areas of concern.

This includes conducting robust market entry assessments, drawing detailed opportunity and risk analyses, and mapping competitors’ strategies and commercial competencies. Our aim is to enable our clients to find the right local business partners to allow them to compete confidently in the petrochemical and refinery sector in the region. We want our clients to seize the top business opportunities.

Some of our advisory services:

  • Corporate and project due diligence
  • Market potential, penetration and growth prospects
  • Market size and relative share of various products and applications
  •   Project identification and screening
  • Government policy, commercial and fiscal analysis
  • Due diligence on investment selection, economic assessment and project feasibility studies
  • Project feasibility and development
  • Joint venture agreements
  •  Relationships and stakeholder management
  • Negotiation support
  • Supply and procurement process
  • Legal, regulatory and contractual support
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Business organisation and structure
 

           Renewable Energy Sector

 

Our specialist renewable energy team has been providing a full range of consultancy services to major international project developers and investors interested in the rich and emerging renewable energy markets in the region.

At Energy Pioneers, we will work closely with our clients to identify greenfield and brownfield business opportunities and to evaluate investment risks in the regulatory environment in the region's renewable energy market.

At the heart of our renewable energy expertise and advisory package is our in-depth knowledge of the energy policies, the fiscal and commercial issues relating to investment, and the operational capabilities of the region's wind and solar sector. We work closely with stakeholders, executives, and the regulatory bodies governingrenewable sector in the region, and our close collaboration with leading international companies active in the fields of renewable energy and project finance enables us to offer integrated solutions for market entry strategies, certification processes and consulting needs.

Energy Pioneers, along with its leading international partners, closely monitors commercial, legal, regulatory, fiscal and policy developments in the region's renewable energy markets in order to facilitate capital investment and technology transfer in the sector.

Our partnership with leading international legal, certification and technical firms, such as Herbert Smith Freehills and DNV-GL – firms that are positioned at the forefront of global renewable energy development – means that international developers, investment committees and executives can rely on our due diligence services to make informed business decisions on commercial and technical issues pertaining to their potential renewable energy projects in the region.

Our comprehensive report on Renewable Energy: Measuring Economics and Mapping Opportunities and Risks Energy was jointly published by DNV-GL, and is available in our Report & Analysis section.

 
 
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Our core Services in this sector:

  • Contract review
  • Joint-venture partnerships
  • Commercial management
  • Project & technology due diligence
  • Business strategy development
  •  Market entry & market potential studies
  • Feasibility study evaluation and due diligence
  • Technical due diligence
  • Resource assessment
  • Assessment of brownfield opportunities
  • Investment structure development