Industrial Gas Consulting Services

IGCA provides commercial consulting for most aspects of bulk and on-site industrial gas supply.

The majority of our clients elect the types of industrial gas consulting services summarized below, which focus on the merchant and on-site supply of atmospheric and process gases.

If you have a question or potential opportunity, please contact us to set up a discussion.  The first consultation is provided at no charge, and we can discuss how to best move forward.


Procurement of Industrial Gas Requirements

Industrial Gas Commercial Advisors (IGCA) offers consulting services for the purchase of new requirements of industrial gases or with assistance with an existing product supply agreement which isn’t performing as expected (see the “Expert Witness” section).

We specialize in on-site and merchant agreements and offer expertise in products such as oxygen, nitrogen, argon, hydrogen, carbon monoxide, syngas, CO2, and CDA. Our founder, John Peterson, has extensive experience in drafting and administrating product supply agreements covering buying, selling, and product swap arrangements.

With respect to new requirements, use IGCA as your industrial gas consulting service for assistance in defining the initial requirement and its mode of delivery, selection of the specific industrial gas supplier, and negotiation of the PSA, as discussed below.

Mode of Delivery Evaluation and Optimization

When determining the most reliable and cost-effective method in which to purchase industrial gases, it is important to understand that several delivery options should be considered.

Industrial gases are typically categorized in this fashion, that is, by mode of delivery.

For large atmospheric gas requirements, for example, the three major categories are pipeline or on-site, merchant (or bulk) and standard plants (such as a membrane, pressure swing adsorption, or small cryogenic air separation facility).

Typically, optimization opportunities arise between the potential client's process and the industrial gas supplier's facility (this is discussed more thoroughly in an article recently published in Chemical Engineering Magazine- link included).  IGCA is familiar with such synergies, which in many cases can provide greater economic savings than those initially defined in the RFP process.



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Specific Supplier Selection

After determining the preferred mode of supply, let IGCA assist in developing the RFP (request for proposal) to solicit input from the appropriate suppliers.  IGCA’s industrial gas consulting services may be utilized to develop and evaluate proposals, economically evaluate various proposal options, and to work with the industrial gas supplier to find integration opportunities between the supplier and customer facilities.

When the mode of supply and potential supplier(s) are identified, use IGCA as your industrial gas consultant during the negotiation of the Product Supply Agreement.

Since such agreements, particularly for large requirements, typically specify long terms, it is exceedingly important to ensure that the PSA remains balanced, and mechanisms exist to address potential issues whenever they arise during the agreement’s term.

Some of the key contractual clauses to focus on during PSA negotiation, such as pricing & pricing escalation, requirements, renewal and dispute resolution, are discussed in the neighboring video.

The nature of large industrial gas contracts can be quite complex. In many instances, the Industrial Gas Supplier (IGS) has expended significant capital to meet the client’s needs (in some cases, constructing a plant on the client’s facility) and has required a significant contract duration to recover the investment.  It’s perfectly reasonable and results in a lower price to the client and a reasonable long-term return for the IGS.  Clearly, a win-win.  What could possibly go wrong?

Unfortunately, over time, long term agreements can get out of whack.  Additionally, despite the best efforts of both parties, many potential third-party problems are not foreseeable or out of the reasonable control of either the client or the IGS.  When such issues happen, use Industrial Gas Commercial Advisors’ (IGCA’s) expert witness services and dispute resolution services to support such negotiations with the IGS.

And, when such negotiations do not lead to a mutually acceptable outcome, use IGCA dispute resolution services and expert witness services to pursue a favorable outcome from mediation and/or arbitration.

Contact us today regarding our industrial gas consulting services. There is no charge for the initial consultation.

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