Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) projects involve a complex chain of activities that require coordination between various stakeholders, including project owners, contractors, engineers, and suppliers. While these projects can be lucrative, they are also notorious for their high rate of failure. In fact, it’s estimated that over 75% of EPC projects fail to meet their objectives. Let’s take a closer look at some of the common reasons why big EPC projects fail.

Poor project management: Effective project management is crucial for the success of any EPC project. Poor project management can result in miscommunication, misunderstandings, and missed deadlines, leading to cost overruns and delays. The complexity of EPC projects makes it even more challenging to manage, and the failure to do so can result in project failure.

Inadequate planning: Inadequate planning is another significant cause of EPC project failure. A lack of comprehensive planning, including identifying potential risks, can result in unexpected issues and delays, leading to cost overruns and project failure.

Poor contract management: EPC projects involve a complex network of contracts between the project owner, contractors, suppliers, and other stakeholders. Poor contract management can result in misunderstandings, conflicts, and disputes.

Inadequate technical expertise: EPC projects require a high level of technical expertise in various disciplines, including engineering, procurement, and construction. Inadequate technical expertise can result in poor decision-making, inadequate planning, and ineffective execution.

Unforeseen events: EPC projects are susceptible to unforeseen events, such as natural disasters, equipment failure, or regulatory changes, that can disrupt the project’s progress.

Lack of stakeholder involvement: When stakeholders are not adequately involved or informed throughout the project, it can lead to misunderstandings and conflicts.

Scope creep: When project scope expands beyond the initial plan, it can lead to missed deadlines, cost overruns, and decreased quality of deliverables.

Cost overruns: EPC projects are often complex, with many moving parts and potential risks. Cost overruns can occur due to poor planning, inadequate risk management, or changes in project scope, leading to project failure.

Inadequate resources: A lack of adequate resources, such as staffing or budget, can impede project progress, leading to delays and ultimately project failure.

Ingeniva project controls consultants can help prevent EPC project failure by providing expertise and support throughout the project lifecycle. Here are some of the ways Ingeniva project controls consultants can help:

 Comprehensive planning: Ingeniva can assist in developing comprehensive project plans, including identifying potential risks, developing contingency plans, and setting realistic timelines and budgets.

Risk management: Ingeniva can help identify and mitigate potential risks to the project, reducing the chances of delays, cost overruns, and other issues.

Contract management: Ingeniva can assist in contract management, ensuring that all stakeholders are clear on their responsibilities, expectations, and deliverables, reducing misunderstandings and conflicts.

Technical expertise: Ingeniva bring a wealth of technical expertise in various disciplines, including engineering, procurement, and construction. This expertise can help ensure that decisions are based on sound technical knowledge and best practices.

Project monitoring and control: Ingeniva can provide ongoing project monitoring and control, ensuring that the project is progressing according to plan and addressing any issues promptly.

Performance analysis: Ingeniva can conduct performance analysis throughout the project lifecycle, identifying areas for improvement and optimizing project outcomes.

In conclusion, Ingeniva project controls consultants can provide valuable expertise and support throughout the EPC project lifecycle, reducing the risk of project failure and increasing the chances of project success. Their comprehensive planning, risk management, contract management, technical expertise, project monitoring and control, and performance analysis can help ensure that EPC projects are delivered on time, within budget, and to the satisfaction of all stakeholders involved.

About Ingeniva:

Ingeniva is a project controls consulting firm located in Belgium, which support the EPC industry in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Ingeniva provides services to clients in various industries, including engineering, construction, oil and gas, pharma, and infrastructure. Ingeniva’s team of consultants brings extensive experience in project management, contract management, risk management, cost management, scheduling, and technical expertise to help clients successfully deliver their projects. Additionally, Ingeniva offers customized training programs and software solutions to support project management and project controls processes. If you need more information about Ingeniva, visit our website or reach out to our team through our contact page.