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Why is Capital Projects leadership critical to large scale battery manufacturing projects? What are the key decision making factors involved? Con Murphy, Advanced Manufacturing Sector Director talks about the key considerations for large-scale battery manufacturing projects.
Manufacturers in EV Battery production face unprecedented challenges to get to market. Factors include the scale, technology, fast track nature and environmental impact, putting them at the highest level of project development and delivery complexity.
Technology is changing so fast that a manufacturing process can be outdated even before it is in production. Appropriate levels of technical flexibility are built into these facilities. Identifying and securing real estate in environmentally appropriate locations is a significant challenge. Master planning and logistics requires careful planning by clients and trusted delivery partners.
National Agencies and Regional Planning Authorities are still coming to terms with the scale and impact of the industry. These agencies are still at the early stages of assessing how the industry will integrate into their plans. Stakeholder priorities include water, power, safety, environmental impacts and sustainability.
Strong leadership by the manufacturers and their appointed delivery partners is vital to ensure project success given the complexities in developing and delivering such facilities.
Capital investment success also requires excellent and decisive decision making throughout the project life cycle. That requires comprehensive understanding of all of the above complexities combined with a very strong link between the technology development and capital delivery functions in the organisation.
Manufacturers should seek out capital project delivery partners with capability and successful track records in large scale, technology intensive manufacturing projects. Success factors include excellent project management, design, permitting, supply chain, construction and commissioning capability. Getting the right delivery partner on board early enough to help frame, shape and develop your project is key to avoiding the potential delays and cost overruns if the complexities highlighted above are not comprehensively addressed.
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