Services

As experts in fuel supply chain, pricing methodologies, carbon reduction, fuel markets, alternative fuels and legislation, Portland provide an array of technical consultancy offerings covering the entire fuel sector, including procurement strategy, tender services and market reporting.

Further information on each of our advisory services can be found below; you can also download our services brochure using the link at the bottom of the page:

Alternative Fuels

We provide expert advisory services to fuel users looking to switch to alternative fuels technologies in order to reduce carbon output and move to sustainable procurement methods. We provide information on the various options available to end users and recommend solutions that best suit their requirements. Our expertise covers high blend biofuels, gas-to-liquids technologies (GTL) and hydrotreated vegetable oils (HVO), as well as non-fuel solutions such as electric and hydrogen.

Decarbonisation/Carbon Reduction Strategy

For clients looking toward decarbonisation, we will formulate a bespoke approach to carbon reduction tailored to the particular requirements of the client’s business, by conducting a thorough assessment of existing carbon emissions. Based on our findings, we will recommend the best course of action in order to establish an ongoing reduction in emissions with minimal operational impact.

Legislative Guidance

Evolving legislation significantly impacts both traditional and alternative fuels markets, amended and updated year-on-year, particularly as new, renewable fuels come to market. We provide guidance and support around schemes such as the Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO) and subsequent Renewable Transport Fuels Certificates (RTFCs), the Development Fuels Obligation (DFO), the Fuel Quality Directive and the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II), to help our clients understand the impacts and opportunities these programmes pose.

Fuel Supply Chain Reviews

Fuel supply chains are consistently changing as energy markets develop towards a zero carbon future. Over time they can often become less efficient and outdated as transportation changes in line with energy markets. Our fuel supply chain reports take into consideration the current transportation networks and supply of fuel, legislative obligations and fees, as well as market fluctuations on a local and global level. We work with our clients to review all major risks and identify opportunities for operational and cost improvements.

Tender Services

We offer a fully managed tender process on behalf of fuel buyers, including the development and issue of Request for Quotation (RFQ) documentation based on the tailored requirements of each client, collating and analysing responses in order to provide a recommendation for the best course of action. We conduct discussions and negotiations with suppliers on behalf of the client and review contracts and documentation to ensure offers are upheld and implemented effectively.

Market Reports

Our bespoke market reports cover a wide range of topics based on a tailored scope defined with each client. Previous projects include detailed explanations of fuel supply chain across any territory (global or regional) or fuel grade (both road and marine), studies into alternative fuels and examinations of various (established or potential) domestic and international markets. Our studies have been used by clients to aid decision-making and to gather background information before entering new sectors and geographies.

Pricing Methodologies

Everchanging carbon reduction legislation has seen formula pricing become an increasingly complex issue for fuel buyers, with convoluted calculations containing several pricing elements within supply agreements. We will ensure your formula pricing accurately reflects industry standards by supplying contract formulae for a variety of fuel grades, from standard B7 diesel to high biofuel blends and alternative RTFO calculations dependent on your requirements.

Procurement Review & Strategy

Our procurement reviews involve thorough examination of existing fuel supply agreements and analysis of purchase data over a twelve-month period. This review usually covers all fuel grades and procurement methods to provide insight into the efficiency and competitiveness of the purchase operation. Our findings and strategic recommendations are provided in a bespoke written report and presented back to the commissioning organisation.