Richard Westney is widely recognized as a thought leader, strategic advisor, and problem solver for executives, investors, and project managers engaged in the development and delivery of capital projects in the energy sector. He is the founder of Westney Consulting Group, ranked among the top five Capital Projects and Infrastructure consulting firms and acquired by McKinsey & Company in 2019.

Since 2019, Mr. Westney’s consulting work has been as a director of R/MW Consulting, Inc., a Houston-based firm focused on the challenges faced by owner/operators, investors, and engineering & construction contractors engaged in capital projects in the energy sector.



Analysis and recommendations for reducing cost and schedule vulnerability to uncontrollable, external risks.

Project ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) Planning

Preparation of a Project ESG Plan to meet corporate environmental, social and governance goals.

Independent Project Readiness Reviews

An independent, expert assessment of readiness for the final investment decision

Megaproject Litigation Support

Expertise on mega-project cost overruns and schedule delays, risk analysis, cost estimating, and best practices.

Thought leadership

Creating value requires a consulting firm to deliver solutions that strike the right balance between fresh ideas that bring competitive advantage, and proven practices that ensure efficiency. This requires thought leadership via professional associations, publishing, and speaking engagements. An ongoing dedication to thought leadership ensures capturing the latest ideas thinking from others while testing and improving one’s own ideas as well.

Doing good demands doing better: Delivering net-zero capital projects

A net-zero project management framework aligns project performance with current trends in asset valuation and energy transition goals.

Managing capital risk in the race to net zero

One-on-one interview at ECC Conference

Interview with BIC Magazine regarding the energy transition


This Guide is an efficient way to prepare a Project ESG Development Plan at the start of the project, as well as a Project ESG Execution Plan at the final investment decision.

The ESG Planning Guide for Energy Projects

ESG is a powerful concept that combines expectations for environmental (E) and social (S) benefits with effective governance (G), to ensure those benefits are achieved.

What the industries are saying

This Planning Guide is easy to follow and addresses ESG project planning in much the same way that project professionals think of safety, quality, and schedule performance. — Matt Sellers, Vice President, Kiewit Energy Group

Rather than pontificating, Westney dives right into breaking ESG down into concrete and intuitive building blocks which all project leadership teams face. This is a practical handbook for taking typically misunderstood concepts and turning them into critical components of successful project execution. — Lloyd Kirchner, Vice President – Zachry Group and Independent Director



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