Waste Conversion Plant Operations: When is a Cost Not a Cost?
Douglas Machon has an MBA in Finance from Pepperdine University, 20 years of experience in energy and power generation industries, and highlighted by corporate leadership roles in business development, corporate development, and financial planning & analysis. Doug joined NAES Corporation in 2005 to lead long-term strategy and M&A efforts, and presently leads business development for its core O&M business. Doug resides in San Diego, CA with his wife and daughter.
Over the years, the prevailing wisdom in the industry is that operations and maintenance (O&M) of waste conversion plants is nothing more than a necessary evil. It is a cost that must be limited in order to preserve the integrity of project economics. That notion, or fallacy, has been perpetrated by the underlying assumptions that O&M is 1) a cost, 2) cannot be differentiated, and 3) does not offer a return. But what if those assumptions are incorrect? This presentation will demonstrate what it takes to be a “best-in-class” waste conversion asset, offer a peek inside the infrastructure required to deliver exceptional O&M, and review the 4 key ingredients that elevate O&M from a cost to an investment that delivers added-value to plant owners.