34 35 Our USA Business To further expand our client offering, Designer Group acquired the assets of a well-established US engineering consultancy business headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri in 2017. Delivering customised energy solutions, fully aligned with the needs of our clients, our US business is headed by a team of highly skilled engineering and construction professionals. With sectors encompassing industrial facilities, municipalities, universities, rural electric cooperatives and investor-owned utilities our clients can rely on our in-depth capabilities and experience in the areas of biomass, gasification, torrefaction, pellet mills, representative gas turbines and ethanol/biodiesel. We support clients’ projects throughout the US with engineers who are professionally registered in over 10 states and readily licensed in other locations, as required by our clients. Our technical service supports our clients through training, operating procedures, borescope inspections, CMMS implementation and complete plant start-up. When our clients are ready to progress their projects further, we continue to support the project by ensuring that all checks are completed including ones frequently overlooked by other EPC providers. Our main focus is to prepare plant personnel fully, ahead of the start of commercial operations, ensuring plant operating success and reducing human error. In addition, we support our clients with an asset management service post COD. With this service we ensure that the client’s facility Our engineering services include both conceptual level support at project development stage and detailed designs at construction stage, ensuring a high quality of engineering is maintained throughout. Our project development service focuses on our clients’ need to further develop their project through application engineering, this includes due diligence assessments, cost estimating and conceptual design. Designer Group can assist clients in taking their projects to a financial close by ensuring contracts are structured to satisfy the needs of financiers. is operated and maintained to maximise availability and efficiency. Our experts can provide a complete structured plan for successful operations, including setting up the correct fuel supply management and testing regime and reactive maintenance clearly linked to a defined operations plan. We advise clients on replacement versus continued maintenance on key parts of their plant and can develop a tailored business management system that fully integrates all business activities in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. Our focus is simple, maximise availability and efficiency at the lowest sustainable cost.