FID stands for final investment decision. This is where the businesses or corporations operating and owning the commercial property on which the proposed development is going to be located agree or approve the final investment decision of the project s final development. There is a lot of emotion that goes into making a final investment decision; there is also a lot of jargon that gets tossed around. In order to clarify this process for potential business owners/investors, we are going to make an explanation of this term as best as possible. For the sake of this article we will be focusing on the FID of a commercial property.
The process of final investment decision refers to any decision concerning the future development of any given property. This can relate to any and all changes that come with the finalization of any and all processes related to the proposed commercial project. For example, changes like the opening of the hotel, the opening of the restaurant, the change of property name and more. In some cases, the process can even involve the granting of a patent for the future development of the project, as well as the granting of a license to operate a gas plant on the land that you are purchasing.
One of the main things that come into play whenever a final investment decision is made is the amount of financing required for the commercial property on which the gas project is located. The amount of money that is required is based on a number of things. First of all it will depend on the total amount of overall land that you are willing to invest in. Additionally, it will vary according to the size and nature of the proposed business. Any and all factors will be considered when coming up with a final investment decision.
Many people often confuse the role of the actual construction company and the front end engineering firm. Unfortunately this can sometimes make a complicated situation even more complicated. The actual construction company is responsible for determining if the proposed site development is feasible and within budget. They are also responsible for determining the feasibility of any and all necessary permits and for determining the location and utilities of any proposed infrastructure. They are also responsible for coming up with an accurate schedule and for determining the actual cost of any project.
On the flip side of the coin, the construction firm plays a much larger role in the determination of final investment decisions. They are primarily responsible for negotiating with the various property owners and developers in question. In addition they are responsible for making sure that the timing of the final investment decision fits in with the schedule of any large projects that will be handled by their partner(s). Finally, it is the actual construction companies that will be in charge of actually building and/or designing any facilities that will be built for the future development of the proposed site.
One of the most important considerations in making final investment decisions rests in the area of timing. This is often referred to as “leverage” by those in the construction industry. Because these large projects (many of which will span many jurisdictions) will involve multiple partners, multiple governmental agencies, and multiple levels of local and federal regulation, timing is critical to the success of the project. One of the keys to timing is having the proper relationship with your prospective project partners.
While many construction firms enjoy team-work opportunities with numerous project partners that have prior experience in the same types of projects, there is another possibility for the construction industry. There exists the possibility of a “stake holder” within a project. If a project has only one or two potential execution phases (for example the infrastructure implementation stage), then it may not be feasible to seek out multiple engineering firms to complete the final architectural and mechanical phases of the project. In these circumstances, the “stake holders” would instead contract with an individual firm for the specific portion of the final investment decision that they are responsible for.
A “stake holder” is an individual who purchases an interest in a future development project based on the information that a particular firm is able to provide concerning the likelihood of such a project’s success. The information that such firms must provide under this process will likely include such things as a current or projected end date for the development project, the cost and scope of such a project, and whether such a project would require any further environmental impact assessments or cost containment strategies. It also may include projections of the amount of revenue that will be generated during the life of the future development project and the amount of revenue that will be generated through other activities such as rental and leasing activities, sales and service activities, and so forth. The final investment decision ultimately rests in the hands of the investor when it comes time for the final investment decision – to select one firm or another for the services and contracts needed for the execution of the final investment decision.
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